Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis
Common Name: Eastern Redbud  
Plant photo of: Cercis canadensis
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Formal, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Lawn, Patio, Park


Special Uses

Shade Tree, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

This small, deciduous tree with a rounded head is covered with small flowers of a rose pink color in the spring before the appearance of heart-shaped leaves. It can grow to 25' tall with an equal spread. It has a low branching habit with a rounded form. Leaves turn yellow green in the fall. Not as tolerant of drought of high pH as some other varieties of Redbud. Needs protection from the afternoon sun in the low desert.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.