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Eastern Redbud (tree form)

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A spectacular spring bloomer, with very showy pink to purple flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring; somewhat coarse heart-shaped leaves; grown as a single-stem tree form, ideal as a showy spring feature or accent

Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Eastern Redbud (tree form) has rose pea-like flowers along the branches from early to mid spring, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds before the leaves. It has forest green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The heart-shaped leaves turn buttery yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Eastern Redbud (tree form) is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a shapely oval form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Eastern Redbud (tree form) will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath 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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