Cercis canadensis L.

Eastern Redbud (aka ‘Judas Tree’)

The Eastern Redbud’s foliage is rounded heart-shaped green foliage that turns to beautiful pinkish purple blossoms in early spring.

  • Tolerates: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Bloom Season: March–April
  • Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Spread (Min): 25
  • Spread (Max): 35
  • Height (Min): 20
  • Height (Max): 30
  • Leaves vs Needles: Flowering
  • Size: Medium


Redbuds are wonderful compact and resilient trees. Their foliage is green rounded heart-shaped that turn to explosions of beautiful pinkish purple blossoms in early spring. Redbuds are frequently multi-stemmed resulting in older trees having a vase shape; this highly ornamental tree is attractive all year long and will compliment any space it is planted. Butterflies and hummingbirds utilize redbud for nectar. Honeybees use the flowers for pollen. Native Americans boiled the bark to make tea to treat whooping cough. The flowers can be fried and eaten. There’s something for everyone with this beauty! It is a great understory option if you have large trees in your yard, and also stands on its own in full sun.