The Redbud Tree

This beautiful tree showed up at the nursery and didn’t stay long.  Forest Pansy Redbud has colorful purple leaves that emerge in spring, fading to green as summer goes on.  The heart-shaped leaves would be enough to sell this plant, but the bright pink flowers that grow directly from the stems and trunk make this plant quite amazing.  Cercis canadensis is the Redbud tree native to the Eastern United States and grows 20-30 feet (6-9 m) high and 25-35 feet (7.5-10.5 m) wide in zones 4-9.  It flowers in spring before leaves occur, as shown in the photos below of the Mediterranean Redbud or Cercis siliquastrum.  The redbud is adaptable to many soil types and grows in full sun to part shade, but can suffer greatly from excess stress.  Reports say that the wood can be brittle and prone to break in wet/windy/snowy weather.  Forest Pansy, quite irresistible!

Curvy Color
Redbud Blossoms in May
Judas Tree at the Washington Park Arboretum
Judas Tree or Mediterranean Redbud

7 thoughts on “The Redbud Tree

  1. I love redbuds and plan to plant an Eastern one next year….I think there is a red leafed cultivar of the Eastern redbud but regardless it is a must for my garden…a antive loved by wildlife…great post!

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