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Eastern Redbud

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Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis): A spring showstopper! Eastern Redbud boasts vibrant pink to purple flowers that burst onto bare branches in early spring, making it a stunning specimen tree for any landscape. Its heart-shaped leaves add to its beauty and make it a true standout.

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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

Eastern Redbud 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 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

Eastern 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 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 species is native to parts of North America.

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