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Redbud, Eastern Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis
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Rosy pink flowers appear in April. Reddish-purple leaves change to dark green, then to yellow. Forms a spreading, graceful crown. Full sun or light shade. Partial shade preferred in windy, dry areas. Grows to 20' to 30', 30' spread. (zones 4-9)

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Zones 4 - 9 Zones 4 - 9
Hardiness Zones 4 - 9
The Eastern Redbud can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
20' - 30' High 20' - 30' High
Mature Height
The Eastern Redbud grows to be 20' - 30' feet in height.
25' - 35' Spread 25' - 35' Spread
Mature Spread
The Eastern Redbud has a spread of about 25' - 35' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This redbud does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Eastern Redbud grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This redbud has rounded, vase shape.
Attributes

Spectacular spring blossoms. The seeds provide winter food for birds. An excellent tree for planting near utility lines. Provides good shade when planted near patios. Well known for its beauty, it is the state tree of Oklahoma.

Description

Rosy pink flowers appear in April. Reddish-purple leaves change to dark green, then to yellow. Forms a spreading, graceful crown. Full sun or light shade. Partial shade preferred in windy, dry areas. Grows to 20' to 30', 30' spread. (zones 4-9)

Wildlife Value

Northern bobwhite and a few songbirds, such as chickadees, will eat the seeds, and it can be used for nesting sites and nesting materials, it also provides shelter for birds and mammals.

History/Lore/Use

Native to North America and Canada with cousins in Europe and Asia. First cultivated in 1811. The Spaniards noted Redbuds and made distinctions between the New World species and their cousins in the Mediterranean region in 1571. George Washington reported in his diary on many occasions about the beauty of the tree and spent many hours in his garden transplanting seedlings obtained from the nearby forest.

Leaves

The leaves of this tree are reddish-purple, changing to dark green and then yellow.

Flower Color

Rosy-pink flowers

Bloom Time

April

Fruit Description

This tree produces a pod, brown-brownish black and 2 to 3 inches long.