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Cercis canadensis | Eastern Redbud

CHARACTER
Native to MD and the East Coast piedmont, a truely charming tree that is at home in the woodland garden or a more formal setting. Driving in the Shanandoah or even just on I-95 they appear in the understory like a mysterious purple veil caught in the evergreens as the signal spring is really here. Glorious in full bloom, with the snowpea-like bloom sitting very close (on only 1/2 inch pedicel) to the branches even the large ones. The bark is smooth dark steel gray, they can be single stemmed or less often multi and assume a vase shape with a broad top. Redbuds have heart shaped leaves that emerge after the blooms. They bloom at the same time as American Dogwoods which make great garden companions. Closely related is the slightly more exotic Chinese Redbud, which has blooms basically ON the branches.

CARE
Is very adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, acid to alkaline, except exceedingly wet. Stress can do harm, so is best to pay some attention to it by adding organic material and regular watering. Canker can be an issue if tree becomes weakened. Pests are usually nothing to worry about.

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NOTES
Deer aren’t particularly interested

RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
‘Alba’
White blooms, so bright and peaceful
‘Forest Pansy’ leaves melow to a dark burgandy, “leaves emerge a shimmering, screaming red” says Dirr
‘Silver Cloud’ has mottled green, white purple and pink leaves, best in shadier sites
Cercis chinensis | Chinese Redbud
ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE …..
4 – 9 | full sun to part shade
GROWTH RATE …..
medium, 7 to 10 inches in 5 yrs, faster with proper water and care
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 20′-30′/25′ to 30′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Vase shaped, single or multi-stemmed, sometimes reaching
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 3″-5″ heart shaped
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Deciduous | emerge redish, turning bright green, a bit tired looking by end of summer, turning nice fall yellow before they dropFEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | small pinkish purple in March to April, coming right off branches, cool effect
FRUIT | legume pod, brownish black 2″ to 3″ long
NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL does well in moist, organic soil
Native NJ to FL and west to TX, and Mexico
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LINKS

dogwood*designer/flickr/Cercis canadensis

MO Botanical Garden / Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

NC State / Cercis canadensis

Dave’s Garden / Cecis canadensis