Fantastic Design Plant: Eastern Redbud

I admit bias; the Eastern redbud is just one of my all-time-favorite trees. Oklahoma agrees, since the Eastern redbud is its condition tree. This attractiveness, indigenous to the U.S. and Canada, explodes with deep pink color in spring. When I lived in Virginia the blooms were a sign that said, “This is the best weather of the year right now. Enjoy it.” Additionally, because it’s heart-shape leaves, it had been quite easy to spot on plant class quizzes. Obviously, who doesn’t love a heart-shape foliage, plant class quizzes or maybe not? One thing you might not enjoy about such trees would be the 3-inch-long seed pods that they finally fall on the floor, but that’s the amount of attractiveness, and adorable little chickadees count on them for food. Fall is a prime time to plant this shrub.

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Botanical name: Cercis canadensis
Common name: Eastern redbud
USDA zones: 4 to 9 (find your zone)
Water requirement: Prefers moist, well-drained lands but can survive in drier conditions. You ought to water it through warm summer days.
Light demand: Full sun to partial shade
Mature size: 20 to 30 feet tall and up to 35 feet broad
Benefits and tolerances: The shrub is quite tolerant of poor soils, a few drier conditions, urban states and various amounts of shade. It’s susceptible to wilt, fungus, cankers and a few pests.
Seasonal interest: Beautiful deep pink blooms in spring; yellow leaves fall
When to plant: Following the last frost in spring or fourteen days before the first frost in the fall


Distinguishing traits. These indigenous trees have been covered in deep pink blooms in the spring; blossoms pop up in clusters along the stems, branches and at times even along the back. Eastern redbuds can flourish in filtered light, so the color they provide is rather a shock to see in a woodland understory.

Mature trees have a rounded shape, however when outside in the open, the oldest trees can distribute, getting wider than they are tall.

When they are not in blossom, enjoy their distinctively heart-shape leaves. The leaves are a reddish-purple shortly following the blossom, quickly turn a beautiful shade of green to the summer and after that turn yellow in the fall.

The shrub produces seed pods that finally fall. They are great for wildlife, even as they are a winter food for birds. Birds enjoy nesting in such trees.

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How to utilize it. When I lived in Virginia, I loved going up to Monticello in the spring to see the white flowering dogwoods and pink redbuds prospering in unison. They provided a gorgeous decorative coating underneath the canopy trees (they’ll need filtered sunlight to survive).

Naturally, redbud’s beauty also makes it a fantastic ornamental shrub to utilize solo in your yard or as a tree.

A street tree in Atlanta. As young trees older, you might need to do some pruning for clearance along the sidewalk and also for parked cars.

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Planting notes. The redbud can develop in a vast array of soils, such as clay, sandy and loamy. But, wealthy loose soil is best.
Dig a hole the same depth as and 3 times the diameter of the root ball. Loosen the roots and place the root ball in the hole.Add soil, packing it down and watering as you move. Ensure you keep the tree watered for the first year.If you reside in a climate with heavy snowfall, you need to use a tree wrap to keep it protected during the first winter.


That’s interesting. Founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were fans of the Eastern redbud and planted a lot of these on their respective possessions, Monticello and Mount Vernon.

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