Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis
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The Eastern Redbud is a perfect tree for any home landscape. Whether you have a small yard to brighten up or a large landscape you want to beautify, this native tree is the right choice.

The Eastern Redbud puts on a show all year long! This small, sturdy tree is one of the first to blossom in the spring. Petite, showy, purple flowers explode all over the tree in clusters. Leaves emerge a shimmering red in spring. During the summer, these heart shaped leaves transform into a dark green. A distinct yellow shines through in the fall. In winter the unique irregular branching and stunning, graceful shape of this tree add landscape interest.

This fast growing Redbud grows up to 2 feet a year. The Eastern Redbud reaches up to 30 feet tall and 35 feet wide, forming a round, dense vase shape. The Eastern Redbud is the perfect flowering tree for zone 5zone 6zone 7zone 8, or zone 9.

Key Features

  • Outstanding magenta blooms. There isn’t a better way to welcome spring than watching an Eastern Redbud bloom in your yard. This tree is coated with beautiful purple flowers in early spring. Goodbye, winter. Hello, spring!
  • Native tree. Enhance your yard and enrich the environment by planting this indigenous tree. The birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees will thank you with their presence and extra pollination. Native trees also require less fertilizer, water, pesticides, and care!
  • Adaptable. Eastern Redbuds adapt to any well-draining soil and can grow in sun or shade.
  • Low maintenance. Once established Redbuds, require little to no care. They are drought tolerant and disease resistant.
  • Strong and hardy flowering tree. Due to its adaptability and hardiness the Eastern Redbud can grow in a variety of climates. This Redbud is a sturdy tree with a deep root system. It is very resistant to storm, ice and wind damage.

You can't go wrong with the native Eastern Redbud check out the facts!

growing zone 4-9
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 20-30 Feet
Bloom Color Purple

How To Care

When planting your Eastern Redbud be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive. Spring and fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant almost any time of the year.

Redbuds are very easy to grow and low maintenance. These trees tolerate full sun to part shade and are adaptable to any soil as long as it isn't saturated. Water your new Redbud deeply about twice a week for the first couple months. After establishment, this flowering tree is drought tolerant. In extended drought periods this tree will benefit from a weekly deep watering. Add a layer of mulch around the base of the tree that extends a few inches beyond the root zone. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer. Redbuds don't generally require pruning, but if needed, prune immediately after blooming has ceased to remove any dead, dying, crowded or crossed branches. Pruning Eastern Redbuds in winter is likely to cause bloom loss.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success. Avoid problems with Borer insects by ensuring your tree remains free from damage, especially from lawn equipment. Mulching helps to keep weeds at bay which eliminates the need to use lawn equipment near your tree. Borers look for a hole or weak spot to penetrate. Scale is an immobile insect that can affect almost any tree. You can treat this pest with horticultural oil. Be sure to coat the entire tree.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 20-30 Feet
Bloom Color Purple

Landscape Ideas

Redbud Trees can be planted almost anywhere in your yard. They are one of our favorites!  The showy blooms will mesmerize you in the spring. Want a different color? Try the Royal WhiteForest Pansy or Oklahoma Redbud trees.

If you have a natural area off to the side of your home, this is a great spot for this small shade tree.  Plant 1 or 2 in your front or back yard. They can be used as a focal point in the yard. Enhance this tree’s beauty with uplighting. 

Redbuds go very well with most other colors in the landscape.  Plant some kaleidoscope abelia under the tree for some beautiful yellow and gold colors. Junipers also work well for color contrast.  The blues and greens pair well with the purple pink fluorescent blooms! 

This tree is great for planting in a bed or at the side of your home. Redbuds look great planted in groups of three in a corner of your yard. Add some uplights and they will look great at night too!

Redbud Trees go just about anywhere. Just make sure that you can see it from your window, patio, or deck so you can watch it bloom and grow!

 For additional Redbud options be sure to check out our  Rising Sun Redbud Tree  and the Redbud Tree Collection


Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 20-30 Feet
Bloom Color Purple

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sallie r.
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beautiful tree

Who knew a tree could come fedex? It was in a box, wrapped and well contained. Took the tree out, got her planted in my favorite spot and she's doing very well so far!

Donna R.
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I received my 3 trees and im very pleased with them. I would recommend this company to everyone. Very good service as well.

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Great Redbud Tree

Ordering was great. Customer Service could not have been better. Deliver was on time and it looks fantastic.

PlantingTree™ Online Garden Center Eastern Redbud Review
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Who knew? A tree in a box

So far the 2 Redbuds are doing excellent ! I was very pleased to see the size of them , and they seemed to have settled right in . Our mature older Redbud now has a Buddy planted next to him. . The other is planted and enjoying a safe haven with some Tulip Poplars. Arrived in good shape and Planting Tree has excellent customer service also. Hope to enjoy for many years to come !

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Excellent tree!

Wonderfully packed for shipping...arrived in great shape. Will order again with no hesitations! This company knows what they r doing!