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Appalachian Red Redbud

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Appalachian Red Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Appalachian Red’)A spectacular and hardy spring bloomer, with very showy red flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring; somewhat coarse heart-shaped leaves; a top choice small ornamental tree for specimen use in the northern landscape

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
25 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Cercis
Species:
canadensis
Flower Color:
rose
Flower Period:
from early to mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
butter
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree
Branching:
decurrent
Flower Bud Color:
fuchsia
Flower Form:
pea

Ornamental Features

Appalachian Red Redbud has red pea-like flowers along the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has forest green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Appalachian Red Redbud is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Appalachian Red Redbud will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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