Friday, June 9, 2006

American Redbud or Eastern Redbud

American Redbud or Eastern Redbud are sometimes referred to as the Judas tree because it dates back to biblical times.

Redbud is a small to medium-sized tree that is virtually covered with tiny purple flowers in early spring before the leaves appear. Redbud leaves are arranged alternately along the twig.

It is a very handsome, small tree with gracefully ascending branches; it grows to 20 to 30 feet. Perfect reddish purple flowers open to a rosy-pink in March or April. Heart-shaped reddish purple leaves turn yellow-green in fall. Zones 4-10

The tree is great as a single specimen, in a group, in a shrub border, and especially nice in woodland and naturalized type landscapes. The tree standouts among others because of its uniquely red blossoms in the spring and its large heart-shaped leaves during the summer and fall.

A gallon size tree is 2 years old . It is fast growing up until about 12', then growth slows somewhat. Excellent for use under canopy of large trees and should have afternoon shade in southern zones.

See a description of the Cercis canadensis or 'Forest Pansy' at

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