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Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)

Eastern Redbud


Noted for its showy spring flowers, Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) is a deciduous, often multi-trunked tree with a graceful, rounded crown and horizontally tiered branches. Masses of pea-like rosy-pink flowers held in clusters cover the bare branches in the spring, before the foliage emerges, creating a most dramatic display. The cheerful blossoms give way to bean-like, brown seedpods which adorn the branches in summer and may persist into winter. Emerging bright green tinged red, the rounded, heart-shaped leaves mature to dark blue-green in summer, before turning pale yellow to greenish-yellow in the fall. As the leaves drop, they reveal the unique and irregular branching patterns and pleasing silhouette of this Redbud. State tree of Oklahoma, Cercis canadensis adds elegance to any space.

  • Grows up to 20-30 ft. tall (6-9 m) and 25-35 ft. wide (7.5-10.50 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this Redbud is easily grown in well-drained soils. Performs best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. Best flower production is obtained in full sun but part shade is best in hot summer climates. Needs a winter chill before flowers set properly.
  • Perfect choice as a specimen plant or for shrub borders.
  • Generally pest free. Watch for canker, verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew and blights. Deer tolerant.
  • Does not transplant well. It should be planted when young and left undisturbed.
  • 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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