Cercis canadensis

Common name: Redbud

Native plant

Redbud is an outstanding understory or woodland edge tree for our mesic soil areas. The bright pink edible flowers illuminate the plant and mark the beginning of spring. This plant grows very quickly when young and slows only slightly as it ages, and because of this growth rate, an excellent choice would be to start with a #5 container. Redbud’s value as a specimen plant is rather low because of occasional dead branches, and in poorly drained soils it falls victim to verticillium wilt. I encourage planting Redbud in shrub borders or as highlight plants in large beds.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree, Large Shrub

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site

Habitat

Floodplain, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Pink

Fall color

Yellow

Size

Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
20 Feet

Additional information

Great for Screening/Border Plantings Nitrogen fixer

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