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Oklahoma Redbud

Cercis reniformis 'Oklahoma'

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Growing Zones: 6-9
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-9
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Mature Height:

20-30 ft.

Mature Width:

15-20 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Cercis reniformis 'Oklahoma'

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Thousands of Blooms on One Tree

The Oklahoma Redbud is one of the first trees to flower in the early spring, blooming petite purple-red flowers in large clusters.

This blizzard of bright blooms appears in late winter or early spring. Soon after, dark green, glossy leaves begin to form a beautiful backdrop.

Ideal for tight places or small lots, but will brighten up even the largest yards. Matures to a perfect 20-30 ft. tall, forming a dense, round shape. No other tree can offer this many blooms.

Grows in a variety of soils and climates.

Oklahoma Redbuds are often used to accent gardens because they are very compact. However, they make great ornamental trees as well, being able to command attention with their showy purple-red flowers.

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

Prefers Growing Zones 6-9.

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Fantastic red buds
These things were blooming before we could even get them out of the pots. We bought 5 and every single one is doing great. They happily withstood a late frost, hail, wind and some tropical storms. Now we just have to make it through August in central texas! We've purchased about two dozen trees and shrubs with great results.
May 5, 2016
Austin , TX
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
lovely tree
This tree is jest beautiful,i love is purple flowers in spring and the hart shape and shining lives.i place it jest in front of my home,i see it as soon i open my front door,it makes me smile happy ,every morning when i see it !!Thanks again.
April 30, 2016
Plymouth Meeting, PA
over 5 years ago
Growing Zone:
Western Redbug Feedback
Our tree arrived healthy and is doing great. I planted as per the directions. I am very happy with this tree.
July 24, 2015
over 3 years ago
Bought an Oklahoma Redbud in August of 2011 - it bloomed early - mid March though we had an unseasonably warm spring. Had beautiful purple flowers - looks like it grew a little bit. Now it's May 1st and the leaves are green. Can't wait until it's fully grown.
January 1, 2013
over 7 years ago
Received an Oklahoma Redbud from you in April. I am so pleased with it. It loves my backyard here in Albuquerque and has filled out nicely. I can't wait until next Spring when it will flower. Thanks so much.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Oklahoma Redbud

Oklahoma 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. 

Planting & Care

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color and shade
Krista b on Apr 11, 2017
Beautiful, splashy early Spring color. Nothing quite like it.
Stephen T on Apr 6, 2017
color and shade
Krista b on Apr 11, 2017
Colorful addition to our tree-line. We wanted a hardy tree that would add zip to our property and I think we picked a winner. This Redbud is a little more purple in color than the Eastern Redbud and was right for us
Ted E on Apr 7, 2017
Beautiful, splashy early Spring color. Nothing quite like it.
Stephen T on Apr 6, 2017
Tamara J S on Apr 2, 2017
Love the color and size.
Penny D on Apr 2, 2017
Ordered them as a house-warming gift for my grand-son and his family. They are building there first house.
Gertrude F on Mar 17, 2017
Beautiful tree~not too big, lovely heart shaped leaves/foliage following pretty pinkish red flowers in early spring.
George M on Mar 14, 2017
I'm looking for this three in Texas, but not able to find it this young at the local market.
Jose R. O on Mar 14, 2017
i like the color
mary h on Sep 14, 2016
William B on Aug 29, 2016
I needed something showy, good foliage for summer. I needed deep roots that do not interfere with building foundations and something that could also with stand ice storms. I also like the multi-stemmed character and something that will complement the home and not hide it away.
Donald L on Aug 28, 2016
Vibrant purple flowers in the spring and should be a good shade tree in the summer. Drought tolerant and grows quickly. Can grow easily in the Texas panhandle soil and tolerate the panhandle's climate conditions.
Margaret P on Aug 28, 2016
I love the color of this tree I have been trying to find it all summer and I had to have it.
Darla K C on Aug 13, 2016
beauty, color and height
Alana K on Aug 1, 2016
The photos and the video were helpful to me as well as the detailed information on the tree.
Lisa L on Jul 30, 2016
lanscapers ran over our 5 foot mature merlot redbud and I can't find a replacement anywhere..this tree is lovely
CHERI L on Jul 28, 2016
Debra T on Jul 26, 2016
Needed a tree on the smaller side plus the blooms are pretty
Denise M on Jul 22, 2016
My wife was looking for a small shade tree with flowers, The Red Bud we have selected is a perfect choice . The area is small ,this tree fits our needs.
Enrico M on Jul 9, 2016
Wish I could say that this tree looked great, but it did not make it despite careful maintenance.
Ruth E on Jun 15, 2016
for the beautiful color of is flowers jest amazing!!!!Thank you!
Anna M on Apr 20, 2016
Love the beauty of Redbud trees in early spring. Finally made the decision to buy one for my yard.
Linda R on Apr 20, 2016
I chose this plant for size, color and knowing it grows well in our climate. It is beginning to leaf out, but I'm not impressed yet.
Anne L on Apr 16, 2016
I love the shape and color and I have a wonderful place for it in my yard..
Mariana S on Apr 5, 2016
I saw a redbud in bloom while visiting the state of Arizona. It was gorgeous! Since I was looking for a tree for my front yard, the redbud was an immediate choice.
LOUISE T on Mar 28, 2016
This tree has always been a favorite of mine and I'm expanding my flower bed to include this tree.
Armanda E on Mar 27, 2016
I had one but was inadvertanly killed when we put in a cement pad, they are stunning tree
Sherri H on Mar 23, 2016
Bill M on Mar 19, 2016
love the color
Melissa-Alexie L on Mar 4, 2016
I chose this tree for its color. Also, it was the perfect size for our backyard. Can't wait to see the blooms in the spring!
James P on Oct 13, 2015
Front yard ornamental
peter a on Aug 28, 2015
Colorful addition to our tree-line. We wanted a hardy tree that would add zip to our property and I think we picked a winner. This Redbud is a little more purple in color than the Eastern Redbud and was right for us
Ted E on Apr 7, 2017
Tamara J S on Apr 2, 2017
can i plant the Western Red Bud in a large container?
cheryl W on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This makes a small tree, and can be grown in a large container, at least 24" to 30", or the size of s half whiskey barrel. They will grow smaller in a container than in the ground, and if you live above zone 6, you can still enjoy one of these lovely trees by bringing the container in for the winter to a protected but chilly place, like your garage.
My zone is 10, would it be alright to plant this beautiful Oklahoma Red-bud, recommended for zone 9?

HELENA B on Aug 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend it for a zone 10.
What are the roots like?
Can it be planted close to foundation?
Can it be shaped
Round or pyramid
Bonnie H on Nov 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The roots arrived in good condition. Yes, it can be planted near a foundation, but why, the roots are not a damaging type of roots. It has a nice shape naturally not necessary to shape or control growth.
I want to plant 3 red buds in a staggered triangle will 5 ft be enough space between each tree or should I spread them out further? I've got some room to work with.
Megvon on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would give a bigger space between them. Probably 8-10 feet. Once they grow, they might be too crowded if you only leave 5 feet. It will take a couple of years though.
How many years till full grown?
Ruth Ann L on Oct 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 2-3 feet a year
What color will the leaves turn in the fall, on the Oklahoma redbud?
Melissa S on Dec 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are green then turn yellow before falling off in the fall.
We have a redbud blossomed in spring but now the leaves are coming out but not on all the branches, a lot of dead small branches?
Stella c on Jun 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We had a very severe winter this last year, that killed many weaker branches. Just prune the dead ones off, and your tree should grow on well for you.
Will it grow in full shade?
Betty Jo J on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Full sun or part shade is best for Redbuds.
do the leaves drop?
Daizzy on Apr 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is a deciduous tree and its leaves drop off in the fall. The red buds are the first to appear on the limbs in the spring, followed by the leaves.
Which type of red bud grows good,in oklahoma?
Mary W on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You would have to determine your growing zone. See link below and this way you would know what Redbud would work in your area. work for you.
How long will redbud trees live in Oklahoma?
John L on Mar 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They have a lifespan of 50-75 years.

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