Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 8-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 6-8 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Cercis Canadensis 'JN2'
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Shines like a Beacon in Your Landscape
- 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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Customer Reviews & Photos
Rising Sun redbud
I bought 2 last year, they are so pretty and drought tolerant too. So I purchased 2 more this year! All are now in bloom, but the beautiful leaves are the star!
Good Healthy tree
Came looking healthy with leaves and is growing fast and looking good. Has great color to leaves already impressive tree.
Hopefully this plant will develop as it should. It was completely wilted when I received it and the branches had been completely pruned from one side of the plant (probably to make it easier to pack.) It will be a long time before it develops a symmetrical form. Not sure I would order from this company again.
It is a cute little tree the heat hasn't been a friend this summer but it is hanging tough. I am really excited to see it in the spring.
My tree had a hard trip
I'm hoping that it will settle in and one day look like the one on your website. Since this review must be 100 characters in length I will add that the tree looks sketchy but the customer service is not. FGT has committed to replacing the tree or refunding my money if the tree fails to thrive.
Planting & Care
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.
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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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
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|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|