SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: The National Arboretum - Washington, DC, Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA, Visalia, CA, UC San Diego, CA and Cal Poly Campus - San Luis Obispo, CA
Eastern Redbud is a commonly used single or multi-trunk tree, effective as a flowering or foliage accent, in lawns or residential garden settings. Leaves are an attractive lemon in fall. It blooms best in full sun, where it receives moderate moisture. Occasional tent caterpillar attacks can be controlled with spraying. Varieites Forest Pansy (Purple-leaved) Texas White (White Flowering) and Silver Cloud (Variegated) forms are available. It may require light top-trimming of vigorous top shoots to maintain it's height below 25'.
Native to Eastern United States.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 - 35 feet.
Width: 25 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Round, Medium to Light Green, Gold, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Pink or Rose. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown, Purple or Mostly Green Pod, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Brown or Red Brown, Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Caterpillars and Scales, Anthracnose, Crown Rot, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cercis canadensis Tree Record." 1995-2020. Feb 27, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cercis-canadensis >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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