Eastern Redbud
Catalogue A# 2019-001  H35

Latin name: Cercis canandensis

Family: Fabaceae

Common Name: Eastern Redbud

Origin: Eastern U.S. and S.E. U.S.

Location: Homestead Perennial Garden-SW corner

Number in accession: 1

Satus: Planted Spring 2019 bareroot

Source: Good Earth Works

​This 4 inch Eastern redbud provides overall benefits of: $16 every year. 


In April and May, many neighborhoods are brightened by the purplish-pink flowers lining the dark branches of redbuds before their leaves open. This Midwest native plant, evolved in the understory  and along wood edges of forests. It works especially well among evergreens that contrast with its color and shelter it from intense sunlight.

​Botanical name: Cercis canadensis
All Common Names: Redbud, Eastern redbud, Red bud
Family (English): Pea
Family (Botanic): Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae)
        Planting Site: Residential and parks
        Tree or Plant Type: Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale: Chicago area, Illinois, North America
        Landscape Uses: Massing, Patio/sidewalk, Shade tree, Specimen
        Size Range: Medium tree (25-40 feet), Small tree (15-25 feet)
Mature Height: 20-30 feet
Mature Width: 25-35 feet
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
        Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
        Tolerances: Alkaline soil, Clay soil
        Acid Soils: Tolerant
        Alkaline Soils: Tolerant
        Salt Spray: Intolerant
        Soil Salt: Intolerant
        Drought Conditions: Intolerant
        Poor Drainage: Intolerant
        Planting Considerations: Messy fruit/plant parts
        Ornamental Interest: Spring blossoms, Fall color, Persistent fruit/seeds, Showy fruit, Showy flowers, Attractive bark
        Season of Interest: Mid spring, Late spring, Early fall, Mid fall
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Pink, Purple
        Shape or Form: Irregular, Multi-stemmed, Round
        Growth Rate: Moderate
        Transplants Well: No

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