Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

The Eastern redbud, sometimes also called the American redbud, is a tree native to the U.S., distinctive for its rosy pink flowers that bloom around April, and heart-shaped leaves. It is one of the most popular choices for homeowners in the country.

The leaves emerge in slightly red color and turn dark green as summer progresses, then turn yellow in the fall. The Eastern redbud generally grows to 20–30' and has a spread of 25–35' at maturity.

It has a rather medium growth rate, with 13-24 inches growing each year, but it can live to around 70 years in the right conditions.

How Do You Plant It?

This tree prefers rich, moist soils, but can also thrive in well-drained or even clay soils as well. It needs a lot of exposure to sunlight and less shade, making it ideal for the California climate. If you want to plant it, you need to consider that the Eastern Redbud requires at least four hours of direct sunlight every day.

The Eastern Redbud has moderate watering requirements, only needing extra care in the first few months after it’s been planted - it can withstand some level of heat and dryness.

The tree is a popular street/yard tree thanks to its bright colors. Because of its size and oval shape, you should consider these distances when you plant it:

  • Minimum 6 feet from a building, walk, or driveway
  • Minimum 3 feet from a utility overhead
  • Around 12 feet between trees

A Tree Close to George Washington’s Heart

Did you know that George Washington was particularly fond of the Eastern redbud? It seems he wrote many entries in his diary describing the beauty of it. Records show he would often spend hours in his garden transplanting seedlings from a forest nearby


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