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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet
Plant Spread: 20 to 25 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Other: brown pea-like pods
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Scarify seeds
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Redbud at the rainbows end

ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
By dave on April 24, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!

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Location: My garden NSW AustraliaDate: 2016-10-03Redbud at the rainbows end
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-04-11
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Location: Near Birch Tree, MODate: 2019-04-15Growing wild.
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Location: My garden NSW AustraliaDate: 2018-10-17Cercis canadensis
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Date: 2017-04-22
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Location: My garden NSW AustraliaDate: 2017-04-29Autumn in my garden
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Location: SW VirginiaDate: 2021-04-16
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2010-04-05Redbud blooms
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2010-03-24
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2006-12-22
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Location: My garden NSW AustraliaDate: 2011-10-08Eastern redbud in the evening
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Location: My garden NSW AustraliaDate: 2017-04-29Autumn leaves on Eastern Redbud
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2017-04-20full-grown tree in bloom
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-03-19
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2012-03-27
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Location: West Valley City, UT
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-05-08
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2005-04-22Spring
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2012-04-01
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Location: my front yard just north of Atlanta GA.  Full sun, southwestern exposureDate: 2013-04-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-03-29
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Location: Bluestone Path gardenDate: 2014-0703Center, top, at x marks.
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Location: Bluestone Walk gardenDate: 2016-0425
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Location: Willow Valley Communities, Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania, USADate: 2019-04-18
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Location: My garden NSW AustraliaDate: 2017-10-12Flowers on Eastern Redbud planted in memory of Grandson.
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Location: Newtown Square, PADate: 2008-04-23flowers on trunk
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2007-05-15Mid May
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2005-08-20Ruby Throated Hummer in tree.
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2009-01-30Snowy and icy.
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Location: Indiana  zone 5Date: 2016-04-25
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Location: TarltonDate: 2018-05-27
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-04-08tree in bloom
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Location: SW VirginiaDate: 2021-04-16
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2009-01-30Closeup of the branches and seedpods encased in ice.
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2005-11-06Fall
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2011-11-20
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2011-11-20
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Location: My yard in Northern KYDate: 2012-01-28Two seeds on an open seedpod
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2012-04-01
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2012-04-01
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Location: Iowa
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Location: Work areaDate: 2013-0507Just purchased.
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Location: Bluestone Path gardenDate: 2014-0721
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Location: Bluestone Path gardenDate: 2014-0709View from indoor porch.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 3-25-12
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Location: Iowa
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Sapling planted last year
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Location: My YardDate: 2019-06-02
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-10-22young mature plant in golden fall color
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Location: Natural Area in Northern IndianaDate: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5Date: 2011-10-04
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-02-16
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-02-16
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-03-19Branch section in bud
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-03-23
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2012-05-05Green seed pods in spring
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDate: 2012-05-22single unripe seed pod
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDate: 2012-05-22underside of leaf
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Location: Our Driveway - Hot Springs Village, ARDate: 2013-04-10
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2014-10-12
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-02-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-03-27So Fork, Sangamon R., cen. Il.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-22
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Location: My YardDate: 2019-06-02
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-10-22crown of young, mature tree in fall color
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-10-22fall foliage
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Location: Newtown Square, PADate: 2010-08-31pea-like pods
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Location: Hinsdale, IllinoisDate: summer of 1990'syoung, mature specimen
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Location: Newtown Square, PADate: 2008-04-23bark and trunk
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Comments:
Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 9:28 PM

Cercis canadensis is a larval host for Henry's Elfin Butterfly and the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly.

In addition, according to NPIN, this flowering tree has special value to native & bumble bees, and provides native bees with nesting structure and materials.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 29, 2011 4:24 PM

This is a lovely early spring bloom in Kentucky. They dot the hillsides with their deep rosy color. The black seedpods of fall create quite a show too, and you'll need to watch out for multiple seedlings if the pods are left where they fall.

Cercis species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.

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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Dec 9, 2011 10:26 AM

I love the redbud!! It is usually the first tree to bloom here in the spring. They bloom about the same time as the dogwoods. The roads are so pretty bathed in the reddish flowers and white blooms of the dogwood. It is interesting as the flowers bloom before the heart shaped leaves appear.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 23, 2020 9:21 AM

The Eastern Redbud is native from southeast Pennsylvania down into central Florida to east & southern Texas to southeast Nebraska, through southern Iowa, through most of Illinois, into southern Michigan back to southern Pennsylvania, growing as an understory tree in woods, usually upland but can be found in lowlands that are not real wet. It grows about 1 to 1.5 feet/year and lives about 40 to 80 years. It usually lives about 40 years in landscapes. It has shallow, fibrous roots which make it easy to transplant. It has very rounded leaves with a terminal point that get a good yellow fall color. Its small pea-like flowers of purplish-pink bloom about 2 to 3 weeks during April to mid-May, and some flowers are even borne right on the trunk. Brown, flat, pea-like pods mature in July and last into December and can make some messiness. Its favorite soil is moist, well-drained, but can tolerate dry soils. It is a very popular and commonly planted smaller, ornamental tree offered by most any conventional or native plant nursery in the Midwest, the South, the Mid-Atlantic, or the Northeast US.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 2, 2011 10:14 PM

I have only one Eastern Redbud in my garden and I highly recommend this lovely ornamental tree. I like the interesting shape of the pretty heart shaped light green leaves during the summer, but the tree really is beautiful when the bright pink pea like flowers appear in late February to early March. I don't see this tree often in my area and I don't know why unless it's because it's considered a short lived tree with approximately 40 to 50 year life span.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 27, 2012 3:14 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant in early spring.

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Posted by fiwit (My little patch of paradise - Zone 7b) on Apr 10, 2013 11:57 AM

Good spring plant for pollinators

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 19, 2013 7:32 PM

Oklahoma's state tree.

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Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 13, 2015 1:57 PM

I wish I could say that I am really enjoying this tree, but I cannot. It died. It very easily could have been something we did or did not do.

This spring, we purchased a very nice specimen that already had buds on it. The buds opened, fell off, and that was it. No leaves formed. When breaking off branches, they are what we call, "Dead dead." In spite of this setback, I want to give it another try in another location. Those trees are beautiful in the spring and it is such a fun name to say over and over.... Redbud, Redbud.

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