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Flowering Redbud Tree

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The Flowering Redbud Tree is a small tree that seldom gets over 30 feet tall. Redbuds are easy to grow and they will adapt well to any soil that is not swampy or very wet. Redbuds will flower in moderate shade but produce the most blossoms in full sun. A stunning tree for any landscape! Clusters of tiny, rose-purple, pea-like flowers bloom for 2-3 weeks in early spring before the foliage emerges. Heart-shaped foliage with pointed tips matures to a dull, dark blue-green in summer and turns pale yellow to greenish-yellow in fall. It will also attract Hummingbirds!

Redbud Tree, Cercis canadensis, commonly called eastern redbud, is a deciduous, often multi-trunked understory tree with a rounded crown that typically matures to 15-20' tall with a slightly larger spread. It is particularly noted for its stunning pea-like rose-purple flowers which bloom profusely on bare branches in early spring (March-April) before the foliage emerges. This tree is native to eastern and central North America from Connecticut to New York to southern Ontario and the Great Lakes south to Western Texas and Florida. It is found in open woodlands, thickets, woodland margins, limestone glades and along rocky streams and bluffs. Flowers (to ½" wide) bloom in clusters of 4-10. Flowers are followed by flattened leguminous bean-like dry seedpods (to 2-4" long) that mature to brown in summer. Each pod has 6-12 seeds. Pods may remain on the tree into winter. Alternate, simple, heart-shaped, broadly oval to nearly circular, dull green to blue-green leaves (3-5" across) have a papery texture and are short-pointed at the tip.

Plant Details +

Botanical Cercis canadensis
Cultivator Type Flowering Redbud Tree
Height 15-20' or as pruned
Spacing 20'
Hardiness Zone 4-9, -30º to -20ºF
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Foliage Green to blue-green
Flower Fuchsia pink to red

General Information +

General Characteristics: This is a favorite ornamental specimen tree that is also beautiful in small groups. The landscape use is endless for lawns, shrub borders, woodland margins, near patios or as a showy street tree. The Redbud Tree is also very attractive in naturalized settings.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set top of root ball 2" above ground level. Mix ½ garden soil and ½ planting mix. 3. Mound soil to form water basin and water thoroughly. Keeping the tree vigorous by regular watering and fertilization and by pruning out dead branches as needed will help keep the tree healthy.