Redbuds announce spring in no uncertain terms. Easy to care for and fast-growing, they're among the surest and most memorable sources of spring color. Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) sports deep crimson to rosy-pink flower clusters before spring's onset of leaves. 'Avondale' redbud (C. chinensis 'Avondale') fills smaller spaces, topping out at just 12 feet. Western redbud (C. occidentalis) is adapted to arid climates. Select and prune redbuds for low branching angles to lessen splitting, to which redbuds are susceptible.
Height: 12-20 feet
Editor's pick: Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' has rich purple coloration on young foliage.
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