Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: 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: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Bees


ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
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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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) 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 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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Plant Events from our members
dave On March 14, 2015 Bloomed
Buds are pink and just now showing color.
Weedwhacker On March 19, 2015 Seeds sown
jerseyridgearts On June 13, 2014 Plant emerged
new solid red leaves on oldest tree in shrub border; action?
Catmint20906 On April 22, 2015 Bloomed
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Interesting! by dave Apr 2, 2012 6:55 AM 2
wow! by crittergarden Apr 2, 2012 3:42 PM 10
Untitled by pixie62560 Apr 2, 2012 6:29 AM 0
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the tree by gardengus Oct 20, 2014 9:59 AM 1
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