The Q&A Archives: Cercis

Question: We have planted 2 cercis (western redbud) and only one has bloomed. They have both been in the ground for 3 years and are in similar soil conditions. The one that doesn't bloom is nearer the street. What should I do?

Answer: Redbud or Cercis canadensis is a native tree that grows well over a wide range of conditions and climates, USDA zones 4 to 9. It is adaptable to sun or partial shade and tolerates many soil types except soggy conditions. It will develop a rounded shape in full sun but will be irregularly shaped in a shady location. Mature size would be in the twenty five to thirty foot range for both height and width. The summer foliage is a nice clean green, the large heart shaped leaves may turn yellow in the fall or may simply turn brown. If your trees are getting similar treatment and one isn't blooming I can only guess that one is younger than the other. As long as they look healthy, you can only wait until the slow one develops enough to be able to produce flowers.

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