Eastern Redbud

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 20 - 30 Feet
  • Mature Spread 20 - 30 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

The Eastern Redbud, or Cercis canadensis as it is botanically named, is a brilliant specimen tree for adding color and texture to the garden. Known for its pink-red blooms in early spring, this tree also produces stunning, heart-shaped, green leaves. Growing to an eventual height and spread of 25 to 30 feet when mature, this tree is simply loved by pollinators when in flower. Over time, the bark develops attractive deep grooves that expose its orange inner layer, which provides winter interest as well. 

When it blooms, the Eastern Redbud is an important food source for early pollinators. As a deciduous tree, it loses its leaves over winter, allowing sunlight to reach ground level, making it perfect for underplanting with spring bulbs. Low maintenance and native to Eastern North America, this tree is often grown as a specimen in the garden and as an ornamental street tree.   

Eastern Redbud Care

The Eastern Redbud prefers to be grown in full sun or partial shade and performs best in moist soil that is free-draining. Regular watering is required until this tree has established and during hot and dry spells thereafter. Potentially reaching a final height and width of 25 to 30 feet, care must be taken when siting this tree so that the branches do not interfere with overhanging structures or utility lines. The Eastern Redbud does not require any ongoing fertilization but will benefit from a mulch around the base of the trunk to help retain moisture. 

The Cercis canadensis requires little pruning. However, any dead, diseased or crossing branches can be removed with clean and sharp tools in spring. This tree can be grown with a central leader or as a multi-stemmed tree. If required, Eastern Redbud can tolerate hard pruning but only once established and when performed in early spring.

Eastern Redbud Spacing

If planting this tree as part of a row, it is advisable to space the trees at least 12 feet apart to give them enough room to grow. With a low canopy and a potential spread of around 30 feet, theEastern Redbud should not be planted close to any structures to prevent any future issues from arising.

Eastern Redbud Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Trees
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 20 - 30 Feet
Mature Spread: 25 - 35 Feet
Spacing: 25 - 35 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Description: Reddish-Pink
Bloom Period: Late April
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Low
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Edging, Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Eastern Redbud
Other Name(s): Red Bud
Scientific Name: Cercis canadensis - Single Stem

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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