The Eastern Redbud is a gorgeous ornamental selection even for small yards, particularly given its bursts of color during the spring and in the autumn; it is further celebrated for its hardiness and stability…
What distinguishes the lovely Eastern Redbud?
Heart-shaped dusky leaves.
Glorious fall colors.
Gorgeous magenta spring blossoms.
Elegant reddish-brown bark.
Keeping up appearances…
Cercis Canadensis is one of the first trees to excitedly announce spring’s arrival, unfurling decadent rose-violet blossoms from its slender brown twigs. These beautiful April flowers appear in delightful brushstrokes of bright magenta clusters on its bare stems, sometimes emerging even upon the reddish-brown tree trunk itself. These blossoms are pollinated by long-tongued bees. Beginning in August, the tree produces dry and brown pea-like pods, which contain 10-12 flat russet seeds.
The Eastern Redbud’s rounded spreading build takes on a vase-shaped structure as the tree matures, and the tree can reach a height of 20-30 ft. with an analogous 25-35 ft. span. Deciduous and perennial, the Eastern Redbud is also appreciated for its fire-tolerance, with its large deep-delving taproot helping it stand its ground. It features dusky blue-green foliage, with leaves that are characteristically heart-shaped or broadly ovate, and which emerge as velvety tawny green before maturing to smoother textures and darker green hues. In the autumn, this foliage morphs into an illuminating leafy patchwork of gold, copper, and sunny yellow-green.
A friendly recommendation.
The Eastern Redbud is native to the eastern and central regions of the United States, appearing either as a dispersed sole specimen or in small populations. In woodlands, this specimen grows as an understory species, making it an optimal choice for small yards as well; in uplands, where it is more frequently found, the flowering Eastern Redbud usually appears on south-facing slopes, favoring full sun to partial shade and medium well-drained soils.
Awesome tree trivia!
- Alternately called the “Judas Tree” and “Redbud”, the Eastern Redbud is a member of the Fabaceae family and possesses a 4-8 hardiness zone rating.
- This flowering tree’s fruit ripens in early winter and is edible; Native Americans roasted the Eastern Redbud’s seeds and ate the flowers (either raw or boiled), enjoying the benefits of the anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, and healthy acids preserved in these parts of the plant.
This Tree's Zone: 4 to 8
Your Growing Zone:
|Foliage||Green to blue-green|
|Fall Foliage||Yellow to greenish-yellow|
|Shape||Rounded to spreading|
|Sun||Full sun to part shade|
|Size||20 to 30 feet|
|Spread||25 to 35 feet|