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Cercis canadensis 'Alba’ (White redbud)

Cercis canadensis 'Alba’ Photo/Illustration: Gay Bumgarner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis 'Alba’ SIR-sis kan-ah-DEN-sis Common Name: White redbud Synonyms: Cercis canadensis var. alba Genus: Cercis
Small white flowers appear in profusion on leafless branches in early spring. Heart-shaped leaves emerge bronze, turning green, then yellow in autumn. Another white-flowered selection, 'Royal', has slightly larger blooms and more compact growth.
Noteworthy characteristics: Rare in the wild, this versatile tree reaches heights of 15 to 20 feet in full sun. It can survive the cold as far north as Zone 5 (-20°F).
Care: Site in full sun or partial shade. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions, but thrives in moist, well-drained soil.
Propagation: Root semi-ripe cuttings or bud selected clones in summer.
Problems: Fairly trouble-free. Stem canker and verticillium wilt occur seldomly.
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 Native; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Spring; Late Spring; Spring
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Flowering Tree, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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