Redbud tree - Knowledgebase Question

Question by Mollymilliga
March 13, 2009
Please send care, planting instructions and types of redbud trees. TY

Answer from NGA
March 13, 2009


Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) is native to the southeastern and central United States, from New Jersey south. It is a small, deciduous tree, 20' to 30' tall, 25' to 35' wide with a rounded shape. It grows in full sun to light shade. It likes a moist, well-drained, soil, but is adaptable to most soils that are not permanently wet. There are many types to choose from:

'Covey' (Lavender Twist?) - A weeping form that has stiff, contorted, arching branches.

'Forest Pansy' - A very showy cultivar where the foliage emerges a vivid burgundy color. As the foliage matures the underside of the leaves remains purple-red and the upperside turns dark green. Flowers are more purple than the species. This cultivar may not be reliably hardy below -10 to -15F.

'Pinkbud', 'Withers Pink Charm' and 'Rubye Atkinson' - Forms that are similar to the species except that the flowers are clear pink. This flower color may be easier to combine with other colors in the landscape.

'Silver Cloud' - Has variegated foliage that is irregularly blotched and splashed with white. Green reversions occur and must be removed. Benefits from shading and a cool location. Does not flower heavily. A specimen or curiosity plant.

'Alba' and 'Royal White' - Two forms with white flowers and foliage that lacks any purplish pigmentation as it emerges.

There is also a Western Redbud tree (Ceris occidentalis) but it is not hardy below 20F and would not be suitable to grow in IL.

Hope this answers all your questions!

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