cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud

It is difficult not to be charmed by the heart-shaped leaves of the Eastern Redbud.


  • Tolerates: Black Walnut, Clay Soil, Deer
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Zones: 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Spread (Min): 10
  • Spread (Max): 20
  • Height (Min): 10
  • Height (Max): 15


The Eastern Redbud’s foliage is rounded heart-shaped green foliage that turns to beautiful pinkish purple blossoms in early spring. Following the spring’s explosion of color, long seed pods ripe to purple-brown in the summer. This highly ornamental small tree is attractive all year long and will complement any space it is planted.

  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Showy purple-ish pink flowers
  • Light green foliage
  • Adapts to a wide variety of soils
  • Slightly fragrant

Planting Location: Easily grown in well-drained soils, produces the best flower growth when planted in full sun.

Hardiness: Tolerates cold to 15 – 20° F

Uses on Property: Specimen, Firescaping/ Fire-wise, ornamental tree

Pruning: Prune when dormant in winter as needed.

It naturally grows as a multi-branched shrub that can mature after many years into a small canopy tree.

The Eastern Redbud is found naturally along slopes and canyons, often near streams and other more moist areas.

  • Plant Hardiness Zones: 6 – 9
  • Mature Width: 10 – 20
  • Mature Height: 10 – 15
  • Soil Conditions: Adaptable
  • Sunlight: Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Drought Tolerance: Mild