This week I had a local nursery plant a small redbud tree at my Mother's house. It is about 5' tall and came "balled and burlapped". After the nursery crew left I did some research on the internet because I was not comfortable with the haste with which the planting was done. At that time, the main thing I was curious about was planting depth, so I removed mulch and soil from around the trunk in order to have a look at the "root flare", and that is when I discovered this broken root. Will this tree have a chance to survive, and flourish, with this root broken as it is? Will it simply grow more roots, or is this a significant blow to the health of the tree? How could this have happened? If you look closely at the pics, you can see that not only has the root been pulled off of the tree, it is also displaced about 1.5 inches away from the trunk, which makes no sense to me.