33 Eastern Redbud

Portrait of Eastern Redbud with late summer green foliage.Facts About Eastern Redbud

Cercis Canadensis

Native to: Mid and Eastern United States
Crown: Low branching semi-pyramidal
Height: 25 feet
Width: 30 feet
Growth Rate: Moderately slow

Characteristics: Foliage is bright yellow in fall, with rosy-pink spring flowers. Eventually it develops 2'-3' brown pods. Likes a moist, well-drained site with acidic or alkaline soils. It has moderate drought tolerance. The Eastern Redbud's bark is medicinal and the edible flowers can attract bees.

Negative Features: Subject to winter die-back in some areas. Canker can be a problem. Does not like competition or too much shade. Low branching requires regular pruning to develop tree form and maintain an 8'-10' high canopy suitable for street tree use.

Uses: Good for underneath wires, cul-de-sacs and tight situations where there is little room on arterial, collector, and residential streets. Good for entry features and highlights. This is a good choice when a shorter tree is necessary in order not to obscure a view.

Comments: Eastern Redbud is a good choice, but seldom planted.

Engraved stone sign for Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis.
Close up of heart-shaped, bright green leaf of the Eastern Redbud.
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Graphic of planter dimension for 4 ft.
Graphic displaying whether tree height will work with existing utility lines.