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Eastern Redbud

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Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud / American Redbud Tree

(Cercis canadensis)

Native to the eastern part of the United States, the Eastern Redbud is a small tree with multiple trunks at the ground or a short single trunk that branches out close to the ground.

Redbuds are a handsome tree that produces ascending branches from the top of the canopy. The leaves are large, heart-shaped.

Flowers: white or purplish-pink to red flowers. This tree produces a pod, brown-brownish black and 2" to 3" long

Bloom time: April or about the same time as dogwoods bloom

Mature size: 20' high x 25' - 30' wide

Hardiness: 5, 6

Light: Redbuds do well in full sun, partial shade

Planting the Eastern Redbud Tree

Can be planted anytime that the ground is not frozen. The planting site should be moist, we-drained soil. The tree will thrive in almost any type of soil (clay, sandy, acidic, or alkaline) as long as the soil has good drainage and no standing water. The Eastern Redbud tree requires very little maintenance except for an occasional watering during hot dry periods.

Eastern Redbud Care Tree

The Eastern Redbud tree requires very little maintenance except for an occasional watering during hot dry periods. As the tree matures, trim off bottom branches to suit your mowing needs. In February, bring pruned branches inside and put in water. After about 10 days the clipped branches will begin to bloom. The tree flowers before leaves appear.

History/Lore of the Redbud Tree

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. (source: National Arbor Day Foundation)