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Cercis canadensis


One of the first trees to flower in spring, redbud is eye candy in every season. Necklaces of tiny flowers garland the bare branches in spring. The open, rounded tree canopy provides shade in summer. In fall, the heart-shape leaves turn gold and orange, creating multicolored puddles as they drop. The long, beanlike seedpods persist through the winter. Redbuds thrive in moist soil, especially when young, but will tolerate a variety of soils and drier conditions once established. If you treat your lawn with herbicides, avoid growing a redbud as a lawn tree. Weeping, white-flowered, and purple-leaf redbuds are available for special effects.

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
To 30 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 30 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Attracts Birds
Top Varieties

Cercis canadensis bears pink flowers before it leafs out in spring. It grows 30 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
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Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' offers pink flowers and rich purple foliage in spring that fades to deep green in summer. It grows 30 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9
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Cercis canadensis 'JN2' is an exciting dwarf selection that offers pink springtime flowers and marmalade-orange new growth that fades to chartreuse before maturing to blue-green. It grows 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
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Garden Plans
Nook Garden
Stem Cuttings