Redbud Tree

This easy-to-grow tree stays smaller and produces a stunning spring show of pink flowers.

Colorful Combinations

Redbud tree varieties make a lovely addition to any garden. Their pink or white blooms emerge directly on the stems and branches of the trees, creating a unique look in early spring. After flowers are done blooming, foliage shades range from burgundy to gold to orange, making it a tree that works well with a variety of plants.

Redbud Care Must-Knows

Redbuds are easy-to-grow trees that don't need a lot of care. Give them well-drained soil with even moisture, and they'll be content. Redbuds don't like to stay too wet and can take some drought once established. Plant them in full sun to get the best of redbud trees in bloom. This will also produce the best foliage color for the redbud tree varieties that come in different shades, especially those with burgundy foliage. These trees are pretty tough and can handle part shade as well. Although growth tends to be sparse when in the shade, redbuds will stay healthy.

Come fall, redbud trees sport beautiful golden color. This is because the deciduous tree's seedpods hold on through the winter. Due to the large amounts of seeds they produce, redbuds can seed around the garden, but luckily, they're pretty easy to remove from where you don't want them.

Redbuds are fairly disease- and pest-resistant. However, you may notice that redbuds are sensitive to herbicides, which cause new growth to look puckered, contorted, or even tattered. When someone, whether you, a neighbor, or even a farmer miles away, sprays an herbicide to kill weeds, it can be carried on the wind and affect your redbud's growth.

New Innovations

There have been many exciting new redbud introductions in the past few years. Breeding work has focused on dwarf varieties, which are ideal for small garden settings. Many novelty varieties, like new weeping forms with burgundy foliage, have also been introduced.

More Varieties of Redbud

Redbud

Redbud Tree Overview

Description Spring's small pink blooms give way to heart-shape leaves that fill the canopy with a beautiful, coarse texture. Seedpods hold onto the branches into the fall, adding winter interest. Colored foliage varieties add even more appeal to this wonderful small tree.
Genus Name Cercis selections
Common Name Redbud Tree
Plant Type Tree
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 20 to 20 feet
Width 25 to 25 feet
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Color Blue/Green, Chartreuse/Gold, Purple/Burgundy
Season Features Colorful Fall Foliage, Spring Bloom, Winter Interest
Special Features Attracts Birds
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Seed, Stem Cuttings

'Forest Pansy' redbud

redbud 'Forest Pansy' cercis canadensis with red foliage
Virginia Weiler

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

Judas tree

judas redbud tree cercis siliquastrum with pink blooms
Denny Schrock

Cercis siliquastrum is a 15-to 25-foot-tall tree with heart-shaped leaves that emerge a rich bronze color and turn reddish-purple and dark green with age. It is adorned with breathtaking clusters of maroon flowers in spring. Zones 6-10

Redbud

redbud cercis canadensis with pink flowers near blue house
Jerry Pavia

Cercis canadensis bears pink flowers before it leafs out in spring. It grows 30 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

The Rising Sun redbud

dwarf rising sun cercis canadensis 'JN2' redbud detail
Marty Baldwin

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

Western redbud

western redbud cercis occidentalis with light pink flowers
Denny Schrock

Cercis occidentalis, a native of the West Coast, is hardy to about 20 degrees F. Its flowers decorate leafless branches in spring just as Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) does. Western redbud grows 10-20 feet tall. Zones 8-10

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