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Cercis canadensis Summer’s Tower (Eastern Redbud)

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Aptly named, Cercis canadensis Summer’s Tower (Eastern Redbud) is a tight, upright vase-shaped deciduous tree with multiple seasons of interest. A profusion of pea-like pale lavender-pink flowers held in clusters cover the bare branches for several weeks in the spring, before the foliage emerges, creating a most dramatic display. The foliage of attractive heart-shaped, olive green leaves turns pretty shades of yellow in the fall. Reported to be heat and drought-tolerant, this vigorous redbud adds elegance to any space, including small gardens.

  • Grows up to 20-25 ft. tall (600-750 cm) and 10-12 ft. wide (300-360 cm).
  • This Redbud is easily grown in full sun to part shade in well-drained soils. Performs best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. The best flower production is obtained in full sun, but part shade is best in hot summer climates. Needs a winter chill before the flowers set properly.
  • Perfect choice as a specimen plant or for shrub borders.
  • Attracts birds, butterflies, and bees.
  • Generally pest free. Watch for canker, verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew, and blights. Deer resistant.
  • Does not transplant well. It should be planted when young and left undisturbed.
  • Needs very little pruning. Remove diseased, damaged congested, or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Cercis canadensis species 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.

Redbud Tree: How to Grow and Care with Success


While redbud trees are generally resilient and easy to grow, they are not without their challenges. From pest infestations to diseases and environmental stress, it’s crucial for gardeners to identify and address these issues promptly to maintain the health and vibrancy of these stunning ornamental trees.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 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 Fabaceae
Genus Cercis
Common names Redbud, Eastern Redbud
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 20' - 25'
(6.1m - 7.6m)
Spread 10' - 12'
(3m - 3.7m)
Spacing 120" - 144"
(3m - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Cercis chinensis (Chinese Redbud)
Cercis canadensis Lavender Twist (Eastern Redbud)
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Cercis canadensis ‘Alley Cat’ (Eastern Redbud)
Cercis canadensis f. alba (White Eastern Redbud)
Cercis canadensis Black Pearl (Eastern Redbud)

Recommended Companion Plants

Betula pendula (Silver Birch)
Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’ (Coral Bells)
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ (Chinese Silver Grass)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass)

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 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 Fabaceae
Genus Cercis
Common names Redbud, Eastern Redbud
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 20' - 25'
(6.1m - 7.6m)
Spread 10' - 12'
(3m - 3.7m)
Spacing 120" - 144"
(3m - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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