Eastern redbud

Cercis canadensis and cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis and cvs.)
SIR-sis kan-ah-DEN-sis
Genus:  Cercis

Bright purplish-pink blooms are borne in clusters, before the leaves, along smooth gray branches. Heart-shaped leaves emerge bronze, turning green, then yellow in autumn. Cultivars are available with white ('Royal White') or pink flowers ('Tennessee Pink'), purple foliage ('Forest Pansy'), and weeping form ('Covey'). Grows 15 to 25 feet tall with a slightly wider spread.

Care: 

Site in full sun or partial shade. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions, but thrives in moist, well-drained soil. Fairly trouble-free.

Propagation: 

Root semi-ripe cuttings or bud selected clones in summer.

Problems: 

Stem cankers and verticillium wilt can occur.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Bees,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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