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Little Woody Redbud

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Little Woody Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Little Woody’)A spectacular and hardy spring bloomer, with a compact growth habit; very showy fuchsia flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring; lovely crinkled green foliage; a great small ornamental tree for specimen use in the northern landscape

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Cercis
Species:
canadensis
Cultivar:
Little Woody
Flower Color:
fuchsia
Flower Period:
from early to mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
yellow
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:
Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree
Branching:
decurrent
Flower Form:
pea

Ornamental Features

Little Woody Redbud has fuchsia pea-like flowers along the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The crinkled heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Little Woody 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

Little Woody Redbud will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 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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