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Growing Zones: 5-9



Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-12 ft.

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Cercis Canadensis 'JN2'

Does Not Ship To:

AZ

Shines like a Beacon in Your Landscape

Here's How:

  • Beautiful fuchsia colored blooms
  • Vivid, green and golden foliage lights up gardens and landscapes
  • Durable, hardy specimen tolerates heat, drought and cold
  • Full rounded, vigorous grower that attracts butterflies
  • Considered the best gold leaf tree available

Foliage as Lovely as its Blooms

It's not often a shrub's foliage can give its flowers a run for their money. But the Rising Sun Redbud does just that and more. In fact, from a short distance, the mix of golden and green leaves look like blooms themselves. The sturdy branches hoist tons of large, heart-shaped leaves that almost appear pinned onto the tree in layers. It's a vision of beauty you won't find anywhere else. Aptly named, the Redbud's leaves start out a golden yellow, giving way to a peach hue. As the tree's foliage begins to turn red, each leaf takes on the look of a morning sun rising among a green and golden sky. It's a sight that will add luster and warmth to any spot you choose throughout the landscape. With a maximum height of 12 feet, the Rising Sun is large enough for all to admire, yet works well in a number of planting locations

Oh yes, the Flowers are Gorgeous too

Before the sun ever rises on your tree, the Redbud's flowers will emerge with vibrant color throughout the branches. The show begins early in the spring as waves of pea-like, fuchsia blooms pour onto the tree. Devoid of leaves, the dark lavender flowers stand out magnificently. Once the foliage arrives, the color scheme lasts well into the fall when the leaves turn an incredible orange. It's no wonder so many butterflies will float in for a closer look.

With so much beauty to behold throughout the seasons, the Rising Sun Redbud will brighten your garden or landscape for many years to come. Order yours today.





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I purchased this late in the Fall and it arrived big and beautiful as promised. I planted it and it is too soon to see what it will look like this summer, but I have high hopes as it looks very healthy through our winter. Happy so far!
February 11, 2015
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over 2 years ago
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zone 9, South CA, Hemet, Temecula area.
The tree arrived in good condition, I planted in the front yard on March and immediately began giving very good leaves. After a while, it did not return to progress and its leaves began to die. With seven hours of sunshine. So I planted again in the backyard with enough light, but NOT direct sunlight .... and finally back my Redbud tree is giving new leaves and is progressing !! I hope that enough progress when the cold season comes in December. In summary: in south California, good light, not direct sunlight, moderate water.
July 24, 2015
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1 year ago
Growing Zone:
9
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Tender
 
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BECOMING GORGEOUS VERY QUICKLY!
SHOCKED WHEN ARRIVED AS WAS ONLY A VERY SHORT NAKED TWIG!!! WAS NOT EVEN A SMALL TREE! STRANGE SURPRISE BUT WE PLANTED IT ANY WAY! TURNS OUT THAT THE RAIN WE HAD PRODUCED COLORFUL LEAVES ON IT IN NO TIME .. SO AM REALLY EXCITED WHILE WATCHING IT PROGRESS WITH GROWING MORE! YAY! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW LOVELY IT BECOMES AS GETS MORE FULL! LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE SURPRISES! ;-)
July 24, 2015
WINCHESTER, VA
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1 year ago
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Nice start to a pretty little tree
Our little tree arrived safely packaged. The packaging was actually pretty impressive. When we received it, it was nothing more than a big stick. I planted it and within 3 weeks it had a small amount of growth. It's been 3 months now with a miserably hot, dry summer so far and the leaves grow just like the pictures, just beautiful. It's probably grown about 6-8 inches around with new leaves and I water it a couple times a week. No growth upward yet. It's really a cute little thing. I can't wait for it to go through a winter and start up next spring.
July 24, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
Healthy tree but....
I am pleased with the purchase of The Rising Sun redbud tree. It is healthy and transplanted well. However, even though it was in a pot, it was most definitely a bare root tree that had been potted shortly before shipping. I don't mind bare root trees at all, just like to know that's what I'm getting.
August 10, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
5
Beware of hungry deer
My Redbud sprouted soon after it arrived and when it attained a nice shape the deer in my area (Long Island, NY) found the young leaves quite tasty.

Spraying Deer-Off helped matters and the foliage returned, but so did the deer, so be diligent with your spraying.
July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growth Rate
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Medium
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Hardiness
Tender
 
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Beautiful unusual tree
I've only had the tree for about 4 months and it was about 5 1/2 feet tall when it arrived. It was packed well and arrived in good shape. It has produced new leaves and seems to be growing despite a very hot 2 months and a good wind every evening. I'm sure it will get more hardy as it grows, but it's looked quite tender so far. I do love the variegated color of the leaves.
July 25, 2015
Medford, OR
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
This tree was exactly what I wanted
The tree arrived as they said it would, in a dormant state, but within days of planting it had buds, and started to produce leaves very quickly -- and has been producing them ever since. I have been careful to keep watering it, but it's in a very sunny spot, full sun all day, and it is fresh and lovely. It is still putting out new leaves and is doing extremely well. The tree hasn't been through a hard winter yet, but so far I'm very pleased.
July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growth Rate
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Rising Sun Redbud tree
Well, I have only had the two trees acouple of months. I talk to them alot, and they look fine and leaves are cropping out all over. Beautiful little things.
I need to get them through their first year here, right now it being quite hot in Texas. Then I will probably have more to say.
I am looking forward to the changes and their growth.
Always beautiful trees from your nursery, thank you all so much!
Nadine
July 24, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Happy Customer
I received my two Rising Sun Redbuds in March and planted them immediately. They filled out in the timeframe given by Fast-Growing-Trees. Although, I do think they were a little over priced, I love my trees - so, I guess it was worth it. They look great! A deer ate all the leaves off one of them and the little tree rebounded with no problems at all. I will enjoy them for years to come!
July 27, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
6

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your The Rising Sun™ Redbud


The Rising Sun™ Redbud  Planting Diretions

Choosing a location: The Redbud tree (or "Judas tree") is a lovely harbinger of spring and has been referred to as “a breath of fresh air after a long winter.” What makes the redbud so special is its gift of spring color and its hardy adaptability. The purple pink flowers of the eastern redbud appear all over the tree in early spring and are even produced on the larger trunks. They do well in locations with full sun to partial shade (afternoon shade is best). A soil pH of about 7.5 is recommended as well as well draining soil. Avoid planting in areas that are prone to flooding or that collect standing water. 

Planting Directions

1) Select a site 6 to 8 feet from existing structures and about 3 feet from fences. Clear a 4 to 5 foot radius of any competing plants, weeds or grass. 

2) Redbud roots establish quicker in loosened, aerated soil so spread about 4 inches of compost over the planting site to improve drainage and the soil texture. After digging your planting hole blend compost into the soil to around 1 foot deep and 3 feet in diameter using a shovel and/or spade fork. 

3) Dig a planting hole for the redbud twice as wide as the diameter and as deep as the depth of the root ball. Rub the root system to loosen the outer roots. Fill the hole halfway with the removed soil and top it off with water. Fill it in the rest of the way and water again to settle the soil, using a total of about 15 gallons of water.

4) Spread 3 to 4 inches of mulch over the planting site but be sure it's about 4 inches away from the base of the trunk to prevent fungus and rot. Mulch conserves water in the soil, adds nutrients as it breaks down and aids in weed prevention.

Watering: Watering a newly planted tree depends on things like the amount of rainfall you get in your area, temperatures and what season it is. When trees are newly planted their watering requirements are high but take care, root growth is slow in soil that is too wet or too dry. During the first year make sure to water your tree often enough to keep its soil moist yet not soaked. Pay close attention to your tree during the dry season, so that you can ensure that it receives enough water. Water later in the evening after the heat of the day has subsided. This way, the water will not evaporate immediately and the roots have a good chance at absorbing the moisture.

Pruning: To shape future growth, pruning redbud trees while they’re young is a must. Another reason to prune is to strengthen the connections of the main leaders to the trunk. Pruning helps form U-shaped junctions so the primary limbs can support leaves and flowers. Prune the tree in early summer after the tree is done blooming. Begin by removing any larger lower branches and branches that cross over each other or rub together. Cut off the branches close to the trunk without leaving any stubs. Stubs allow an entrance for disease and pests to enter. If several branches need to be removed, do it over a course of months so that the tree doesn't go into shock of losing so much of its growth. In late winter, prune any dead and diseased wood. Cut out any tiny twigs and branches that have turned brown. Also, cut off any shoots that are coming up from the bottom or out of the trunk.

*Tip: Sterilize your pruning tools with a basic household rubbing alcohol to ensure a healthy cut during pruning.

Fertilizing: In early spring you can apply some compost and/or a complete fertilizer such as 5-10-5 in *granular form. Spread evenly around the root zone of the plant according to the label instructions. This combined with maintaining several inches of organic mulch year round should be sufficient to feed the soil and keep the tree healthy. 

*Granular (or dry fertilizer) is a type of fertilizer, which comes in a dry pelleted form as opposed to spikes, a liquid, or powder.

Early settlers found the blossoms of the redbud a delicious addition to their salads. Early folk healers used the bark to treat common maladies and sometimes even leukemia. Many Native Americans chose the wood of the California redbud for constructing their bows. The sheer springtime beauty of the redbud may be its greatest hold on the American spirit and a wonderful addition of color to any landscape. 


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Cheerful and Full
Christy C on Oct 25, 2016
I wanted a beautiful tree in my back yard
Irlanda A on Apr 18, 2016
Cheerful and Full
Christy C on Oct 25, 2016
It is a fun tree with beautiful foliage and flowers. I also wanted a different tree in my yard than the neighbors.
Sheryl W on Apr 20, 2016
I wanted a beautiful tree in my back yard
Irlanda A on Apr 18, 2016
I chose this plant for the uniqueness, and the variety of color changes with each season. Additionally, I needed smaller trees in certain locations. This tree has done extremely well in just one month it is leafing out beautifully. The colors are already amazing.
Anne L on Apr 16, 2016
It is rare to find a tree that's leaves rival the beauty of its blossoms, but this one did! Beautiful!
Debra F on Apr 12, 2016
For its hardyness and beautiful and unusual leave color
Karl T on Apr 9, 2016
I already have two of these trees and I love them.
Mariana S on Apr 5, 2016
Color
Nathan L on Apr 4, 2016
Unique and beautiful
Stacey R on Apr 3, 2016
Such a beautiful tree from the description, thought it would look nice to frame our house.
Nadine S on Mar 29, 2016
tight space ,again in the sun ,looking for something not to large
RONALD O on Mar 12, 2016
Beautiful leaves
lynda r on Mar 8, 2016
I chose the Rising Sun because of the magnificent write-up describing this tree. It sounds exactly like what I envisioned as a focal point in my backyard. In fact, I ordered two of them for two different locations and can't wait to see them iin their glory as the months go by!
Linda T on Mar 7, 2016
Was attracted to the different colors.
Frank T on Jan 2, 2016
I picked the Rising Sun Redbud because of the multi-season beauty this tree provides. I also wanted something different and unique from the rest of the neighborhood.
Christine S on Oct 22, 2015
I wanted a flowering tree for my backyard that would be colorful and pretty, not too big and is safe for our family dog to be around.
Alison R on Sep 27, 2015
Never saw a yellow Redbud. The foilage is absolutely beautiful. I've planted all these trees and they are doing quite well. Probably will buy a Weeping Cherry but have never dealt with a "bare root plant".
Barbara M on Sep 24, 2015
We were visiting a friend who lives in Boise, ID. She had this tree in her yard and I loved it. She said she had one when they lived in Denver so she knew it would grow here in CO. I didn't realize there were several variations, so in looking at what would fit the weather here in CO and height and width of this particular Redbud, The Rising Sun fit our needs perfectly. Can't wait to see it bloom in the spring!
Cheryn W on Sep 11, 2015
I love the look of big leaves and the different colors it transitions thru the year
Pamela H on Sep 4, 2015
Beautiful tree. The right height and width needed for our side yard.
nancy n on Sep 2, 2015
We wanted a tree that didn't get too big, that was hardy, and that has flowers. Our neighbor recommended this tree.
Betty B on Aug 22, 2015
So beautiful, you have to see it in person.
Barbara W on Aug 21, 2015
It is a fun tree with beautiful foliage and flowers. I also wanted a different tree in my yard than the neighbors.
Sheryl W on Apr 20, 2016
I chose this plant for the uniqueness, and the variety of color changes with each season. Additionally, I needed smaller trees in certain locations. This tree has done extremely well in just one month it is leafing out beautifully. The colors are already amazing.
Anne L on Apr 16, 2016
Should I plant this in spring or fall?
A shopper on Sep 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Either, but I prefer fall so it has time to get established before hot weather.
How much raking is involved?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Does this tree grow well in Santa Ana, ca. 92705?
Does this plant tolerate pruning?
Kathy T on Apr 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is not necessary to prune. If you do prune, do so in the spring after it has finished blooming. You want to be careful not to remove any main branches. Do not remove more than 25% of the canopy during pruning. Pruning to much can cause the tree to go into shock.
I am looking for mature "the Rising Sun Redbud" trees. Do you have some that are mature?
Daniel H on Jun 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Contact Simpson Nurseries they are a grower and would definitely have what you need. They gave great selections on most trees rather it's fruit,flowering shade nuts berries
Do the leaves stay on the bush in the winter time?
Geri K on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They will lose their leaves in the winter. Warmer climates wont lose as many.
I planted my Redbuds back in February and they have not yet started to bloom. When do they normally start to bloom and grow leaves?
zdzislaw s on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi! I only bought mine last year so not sure yet since only few buds and leaves as of today.
However, my other more common RedBuds ALL have blossomed gorgeous pale lilac flowers on them for at least a few weeks now! I would not worry about this new more exoctic one this year ..as seems like these flowering trees sometimes take a few years to start flourishing fully! LEAVES of multi colors should return though, as mine was lots of fun before last winter! ;-) Enjoy!
Is it too late to plant this tree the beginning of Summer or would it be best to wait and order for Fall I live in NE Pennsylvania zone 6?
Reid D on Jun 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Fall is a great time to plant his tree.
This is my first summer with a red bud. I had very little flowers on the branches. I am now getting bright yellow leaves. Should I fertilize the Red Bud?
Donna K on May 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I just planted mine last Fall, and out came loads of tiny little bright green leaves this Spring. I put fertilizer in when I planted so I had to intention of adding more now. I think it is more important to make sure a new little tree does not dry out while it is getting established. But I am not a tree expert yet, when I have a question, I call my local Agrishop as they are the experts around these parts. You should give a nursery or two a call as it is a very simple question! I hope your tree thrills you the way mine is thrilling me. Good luck!
How fast does this tree grow?
A Mann on Jul 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 1-3 feet per year.
Can this tree grow (survive ) in south Florida zone 10?
Joe D on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A lot of redbuds grow in the Carolinas, and it gets pretty hot and humid here. I don't know any reason why one would not grow in south Florida; however, I would recommend giving it protection from the hottest afternoon sun.
When can you plant the rising redbud tree in zone 9?
Shirley-Dirley on Jul 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I Bought the tree on the 26 of March of 2015. Planted it as soon as it came in,its doing very well,it looks beautiful. I had never seen a tree like this one.
Does this plant tolerate shade? On the Northside of a Houston home?
Tanya M on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If your home faces north or east can this plant be in good condition, very soft sunlight is best or indirect sun light. Just 4 hours of full sun light could be ok and the rest of the day indirect sun light. It does not support the afternoon sun. It is a difficult plant to maintain, requires much attention. It does not support full shade.
is this a bare root tree ?
Daniel B on Aug 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, it comes in a three gallon bucket and arrives three or four feet high. it is doing very, very well in NJ, zone 6
Is this a evergreen? looking to put by a pool.
tpierce on Nov 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No it is not an evergreen.
The space I have for this tree is about 2 feet away from a concrete patio and pool. It's also about 7 feet away from a shed. Will the roots of this tree interfere with the patio or shed?
Andrea M on Sep 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Andrea

I've had my Rising Sun Rebud for 11 months, so my experience is limited. Early this summer it was wilting away so I dug in some compost and was surprised to find that the roots hadn't extended more than about 20". I increased the water, the tree rebounded and became flush with leaves - just beautiful. It is now about 5 ft tall.
Two feet might be too little room but I also found that the roots went deep rather than shallow, maybe that would make a difference.
Is this redbud as hardy as other redbuds?
Gretchen M on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: the one I purchased last year is very hardy and absolutely beautiful. We have it in the same bed with a weeping dark purple leafed one and the contrast is striking
Can The Rising Sun be kept as a potted Plant?
Christian R on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant it in a container.

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