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Eastern Redbud | Plant Profile

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is an extremely showy deciduous tree with vibrant lavender blooms that cover the entire tree before foliage arrives. After the flowers drop, bean-like seed pods grow which remain on the tree for most of the year. Thin green leaves cover tree in summer which turn to yellow in the fall.

Eastern Redbud prefers average fertility, medium moisture soils in full sun to part shade. The soil can tolerate clay, but should be well drained. These ornamental trees do not transplant well and should not be moved once installed.

Eastern Redbud are often planted as singular ornamental pieces because of their highly attractive spring blooms. They can also be massed as borders or in naturalized settings. The blooms attract butterflies and other pollinating insects.


Eastern Redbud Characteristics

These large ornamental trees are native to Canada, and the American northeast and southeast. They are naturally found in open woodlands or along rocky streams. The small flowers bloom in clusters of 4.

Eastern Redbud can be vulnerable to canker, verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew, and blights. A number of insects may make their home on Eastern Redbud, including Japanese beetles and caterpillars. Regular watering, fertilization, and pruning dead branches can help to combat disease.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8
20.00 - 30.00
25.00 - 35.00'
Bloom Time
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?