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 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20-30 feet
Plant Spread: 25-35 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Broadleaf
Other: Heart-shaped leaves open bright reddish-purple and gradually mature to a more muted purple (or purplish green in hot summer climates). Fall color is variable, but often includes attractive shades of reddish-purple and orange.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Rosy pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Pendulous, flat, bean-like, 2-4" long seed pods resembling snow peas appear in late spring after flowering.
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP 2,556 (Expired)
Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2002 Georgia Gold Medal Winner
Child plants: 3 child plants

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Common names
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Canadian Redbud
  • Judas Tree

Photo Gallery
Location: Back garden
Date: 2018-06-09
Started from small seedling
Location: Garden
Date: 2018-06-09
Location: Home landscape KY zone 6b
Date: 2021-04-10
Location: Home landscape KY zone 6b
Date: 2021-04-10

Date: 2018-06-09
Location: Home garden
Date: 2020-07-24
By KYgal
Location: Lexington, VA
Date: May, 2006
Young tree in the landscape
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens
Date: 15 May 2016
The Heart of the Shade Garden
Location: Iowa

Date: 2015-09-23
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-10-17
Location: Lexington, VA
Date: June
Outstanding foliage in early summer
Location: Overland Park Arboretum in Overland Park, KS
Date: 2009-05-18
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2019-06-16
Redbud leaves, Forest Pansy cultivar
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-04-26
one Forest Pansy Redbud tree in bloom
Location: Overland Park Arboretum in Overland Park, KS
Date: 2009-05-18
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2014-04-13
Location: IDEA Garden, Tyler, Texas
Date: 2014-05-03
Location: IDEA Garden, Tyler, Texas
Date: 2014-05-03
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-07-23
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2014-06-05
Location: Clarksville, TN
Date: 2017-05-27
Location: Tennesee
Date: 3-31-2011
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 9/20/2011
One year in ground from 5 gallon container
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-04-26
Forest Pansy Redbuds in bloom
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2017-07-23
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2016 May 18
Redbud blossoms & leaves, spring garden
Location: Northwest NJ
Date: 2017-07-21
Location: My Garden
Date: 2014-04-26
  • Uploaded by Cat
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-06-12
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-06-12
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-05-05
Third year
Location: My Garden
Date: 2014-04-26
  • Uploaded by Cat
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-07-02
maturing tree in summer
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Comments:
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 3, 2012 7:01 AM concerning plant:
    If rainfall is lacking, follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment.

    Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Pruning time is in winter.

    This tree is beautiful and offers four seasons of change. It's smaller stature allows it to be planted where others may not fit.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 23, 2019 8:44 AM concerning plant:
    This cultivar has become popular in the last two decades because it has red-purple leaves that are very bright in the spring and early summer. During the heat of the rest of summer it loses most of that colour and the foliage turns green with a tint of reddish. This loss of red foliar colour during the heat of summer is something that happens with just about all such mutations with extra anthocyanin pigments. Those pigments cause red to purple fall colour with the sunny, warm days and cool nights of autumn. The tree shows a more purplish-red leaf colour once again in late summer and early fall. The flowers seem to me to be a little darker than the average Redbud.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 31, 2012 1:41 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.
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LlamaLlori On June 8, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Purple color beginning to fade already, going green
dnrevel On May 10, 2022 Bloomed
Old tree is blooming still, and new young trees are also blooming.
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