I would recommend as nice as these look in the spring time to avoid if you have a large garden. I spend way to much time (many hours) each year pulling up new baby Redbuds. They pop up everywhere. I mean everywhere.
Yes, gardening is relative to the area you live. You must have some wonderful, sandy dirt there. I'd gladly trade my old, hard clay baked by the ruthless Oklahoma oven...even if it meant that many of my loved plants were invasive.
Thanks for reading and commenting. Your comments will help people with good dirt!
Yes we do have a lot of sand in the soil in Birmingham but we do have or share of clay. I think the problem comes more with the pine straw. It creates a blanket of mulch around the plants and the redbuds start in that than dig their way into the clay and sand soil.
Didn't want you to think I was telling everyone that this is a bad plant, just that they should know if can be invasive in the right setting.
Another thing I've noticed is that you can't really prune these trees. If you try than you will have a non-stop battle repunning the same exact spot. Its like the tree gets mad and keeps shooting out branches in the same spots to see if you cave.