cercis canadensis

Cercis canadensis – Eastern Redbud

cercis canadensis - eastern redbud
 Cercis canadensis, commonly known as the Eastern Redbud, is a deciduous tree native to North America. It is characterized by heart-shaped leaves that emerge in spring, showcasing shades of green. The branches take on a spreading, often multi-trunked form, reaching a mature height of around 20 to 30 feet. In early spring, before the leaves fully unfurl, the tree produces small, rosy-pink flowers in clusters along the branches. These flowers contribute to the visual appeal of the tree, and as the leaves develop, they form a dense canopy. The Eastern Redbud is adaptable to a variety of soils and is often planted for its ornamental value in landscapes.

When selecting companion plants for Cercis canadensis, it is advisable to consider species that complement its growth habits and environmental preferences. Low-growing perennials like Hosta or ground covers such as Vinca minor can be suitable choices to fill in the understory and provide a contrasting foliage texture. Additionally, incorporating spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils or hyacinths around the base of the tree can extend the seasonal interest. Companion plants that tolerate similar soil conditions and sunlight levels will contribute to a cohesive and well-integrated landscape design.

Cercis ‘The Rising Sun’, also known as Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’, is a Redbud variety – cold hardy and resistant to diseases. It blooms early in the spring with purple and rose flowers, and its foliage colors range from chartreuse, gold, light green, orange, to yellow.

Height: 20′ – 25′

Width: 20′ – 25′

Exposure: Full sun to part shade.

Fruit / Flower: Legume.

Fall Color: Yellow.

Water: Moist well drained soil. Water regularly until established.

Fertilizer: Use a general fertilizer once a year in spring.

Pruning: Prune to shape as required.

Category: Trees – Eastern Redbud near me – Cercis Canadensis – Redbud trees – Red Bud

Eastern redbud
Nikolay Bulykin, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
eastern redbud leaf
Agnieszka Kwiecień, Nova, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons