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Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud

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Eastern Redbuds bloom early... they let you know spring is on its way with loads of pink flowers. Easy to grow, even in small areas!

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Eastern Redbud

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If you appreciate flowering trees as much as we do, you’ll love the showy pink flowers of the Eastern Redbud. 

The Eastern Redbud is one of the first trees to flower in the early spring, blooming petite pink flowers in large clusters. 

These colorful blooms appear in late winter or early spring. Soon after, dark green, glossy leaves begin to form a beautiful backdrop, making these rosy-pink blooms stand out even more. 

Ideal for tight places or small lots, but will brighten up even the largest yards. Matures to 20-30 ft. tall into a dense, round shape. 

Grows in a variety of soils and climates. 

These are strong trees with deep root systems. Very resistant to storm, ice and wind damage. 








Growing Zones: 4-9

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Eastern Redbud

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Eastern Redbud.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Eastern Redbud gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Eastern Redbud again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Freezing weather in the Texas hill country did not (evidently) harm this new addition to our yard. It is starting to bud today and we have had some really cold weather.
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December 31, 2012
No flowers
Tree is doing very well, but no blooms the first spring after planting.
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August 10, 2014
1 year ago
We just purchased our red bud and needed planting instructions. We came to the right place. Thank you very much.
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December 31, 2012
I bought this tree just before the hot summer in Florida so I didn't get the flowers. I cannot believe how much it grew and cannot wait til spring to see it in full bloom.
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December 31, 2012
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What does it look like when not flowering?sparse?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: I do not know s I have two year old bare root tree that is just starting to grow. So far it has a bit of a shrubby growth habit and appears to be a slow grower
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does it do well with poor drainage?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: Not sure. We are in Colorado Springs with drainage that is "too good". It is doing fine in zone 5, 7000 ft elevation so far. It has not bloomed yet after a year, so that's disappointing. Hoping for next year.
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when do you trim the red bud trees?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: Redbud Trees are best trimmed immediately after they bloom. Sometime in mid-spring.
Reply · Report · Justin FStaff on Jun 9, 2014
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What is the difference between Eastern Redbud and the Texas Redbud ?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: The Eastern Redbud is very cold hardy, and grows 30 - 40 feet tall and 10 - 15 feet wide while producing light pink flowers every Spring.

The Texas Redbud grows about 25 feet tall and produces darker blooms.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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Does the Eastern Redbud flower through the summer?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2014
Best Answer: It grew really fast. 10x faster than what I got from Arbor Day. Worth the money. It went from 2 ft to 12ft in 2 years. Worth the money. It did not bud this spring. So I'm not sure if that is normal.
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Maria C on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Colorado. I think it is fine to plant now. Make sure it is well watered during the summer and fall, and continue through the winter. Protect is needed. It is doing well, a year old. It did not bloom at all this spring.
Reply · Report · Twyla W on Jul 1, 2014
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Does this tree come in a dormant stage?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: No. Ours came in a six-foot box with branches, leaves, and root ball. We planted it right away and this year it's about 1.5 last year's size. It withstood the "nasty" 2013-2014 winter well.
Reply · Report · L.J. S on Jul 17, 2014
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Show image of redbud leaves?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2014
Best Answer: My zted ud is in full leaf now, but unfortunately I don't know how to download a picture of them on this site. I can, however, try to describe the leaf to you.
My healthy Redbud stands about 6.5 ft. The large leaves are a glossy medium to dark color . They aren't stiff as say as an oak leaf would be. Though they look delicate, I can attest to their hardiness in high winds and heavy rain. Also, they seem pest resistant, which says a lot for this specie. I live in Florida where there's an abundance of insects that can decimate plants in a matter of days, yet I haven't had to treat my redbud at all. I hope this helps you in your decision making.
Reply · Report · Andrea T on Jul 28, 2014
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how do I prevent the leaves from dying, or having spider type bugs that kills the leaves?
Kellie F on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: I apply a systemic tree insecticide each year in March, before the leaves start to emerge. Then if there is an infestation anyway, I reapply in the fall. It seems to help all my trees. Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Patricia P on Jul 22, 2014
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I got the eastern redbud planting many fert. tabs do I put in?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
Best Answer: I waited until 2nd year then used slow release fertilizer at label suggested rate.
Reply · Report · MEDICINE C on Jul 24, 2014
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what kind if any fruit does the eastern redbud have and what is the size of the fruit ?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: The Eastern Red Bud has brown pea pods that are 2 to 4 inches long.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 22, 2014
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Is there a best time of year to plant Eastern Redbud trees?
Richard, Las Vegas
Richard D on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant Eastern Redbud Trees is in the early Spring or early Fall. However if temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then its fine to go ahead and plant now.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 18, 2014
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Do you carry weeping redbuds?
Chris M on Jul 2, 2014
Best Answer: No we do not carry the Weeping Redbud, but carry Weeping Cherry Trees and Weeping Willow Trees.
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Eastern Redbud can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.