Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud

$5.91 | 15 G | 50 Avail. | $155.25

15 G Weight: 150.0 lb

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Eastern Redbud is a small popular native deciduous tree with multiple trunks and a rounded crown.  Broad papery dull green to blue-green foliage turn greenish-yellow in fall.  A heavy profusion of rose-purple flowers that bloom on bare branches in early spring before the foliage comes in attracting butterflies.  Following the flowers are bean-like seed pods that mature in summer and can persist until winter.  Prefers partial sun and rich well-drained soils with consistent moisture.  Tolerates deer and Black Walnuts.

Cercis canadensis is an important host for the Henry's Elfin Butterfly and supports a specialized bee- the Southeast Blueberry Bee.  Its nectar is an early food source for several butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.  The seedpods are enjoyed by birds and wildlife. 

Type: 

Tree

Height: 

20’ - 30’

Spread: 

25’ - 35’

Spacing: 

30’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest: 

SpringFall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Canker can be a significant disease problem. Various diseases and pests and be prevented with regular watering and pruning of dead branches. Does not transplant well, plant when young and leave undisturbed.

LANDSCAPE USES: Specimen or mass plantings, BordersNaturalized AreasWoodland Garden, Wildlife GardensScreeningShade Tree, and Street Tree. 

COMPANION PLANTS: MahoniaHydrangeaWitch Hazel

Image: DcrjsrCercis canadensis redbud tree bloomCC BY 3.0

 

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