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Midnight Express® Redbud

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With its velvety, deep burgundy foliage, Midnight Express® redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Midnight Express’) beautifies your landscape well beyond bloom time! Enjoy the bright pink, pea-shaped spring blooms of redbud with the bonus of healthy, richly colorful foliage and an appealing rounded shape. Winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award at the 2022 Farwest show!


Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Growth Rate:
Midnight Express
Flower Color:
hot pink
Flower Period:
from early to mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
lime green
Fall Color:
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
Maximum Moisture:
Plant Form:
upright spreading
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
Other Species Names:
Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree
Flower Form:

Ornamental Features

Midnight Express Redbud features showy hot pink pea-like flowers with dark red calyces along the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive yellow-variegated lime green foliage with hints of red which emerges burgundy in spring. The glossy heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of orange and in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Midnight Express Redbud is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Midnight Express Redbud will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 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. To help this plant achive its best flowering performance, periodically apply a flower-boosting fertilizer from early spring through into the active growing season. 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.