Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis
Common Name: Redbud
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Height: 15-20' Spread: 20-25' Habit/Form: Rounded to vase shaped, typically multi-trunked Growth Rate: Medium Zone: 4 to 8
Cultural Requirements: This forest-edge tree needs sunlight to produce its namesake blossoms, yet it will suffer in full summer heat. Redbuds grow best in part shade in well-drained soils high in organic matter. The shallow root system will benefit with a 3-4-inch layer of organic mulch. Redbuds vary in hardiness; buy from a local or regional source.
Ornamental Characteristics: Purplish-pink buds occur along the branches in early May. Dark green, heart-shaped leaves turn a nice yellow fall color. The brownish-black bark on older trees often has an inner orange-red coloration. Distinct zigzag branching pattern on new growth.
Uses in the Landscape: They make wonderful specimen plants especially with evergreen masses, thus providing contrast for the floral display and supplying the recommended protection from intense sunlight.
Plant tolerant of occasional or temporary flooding
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