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Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud

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Eastern Redbud is a New Jersey native tree. It is covered with dense clusters lavender-pink flowers that bloom directly from branches before the...

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Eastern Redbud is covered with dense clusters of delicate, showy, purple-lavender-pink flowers that bloom directly from branches before the leaves emerge, April-May. The flowers are a nectar source for native bees. Both buds and flowers are edible, and can be used as a berry substitute in salads, pancakes, and baked goods. The flowers give way to dangling seed pods, which persist on branches. The heart-shaped, green leaves line the branches during summer, turning brilliant red, orange, and yellow colors in the fall. Cultivars provide a variety of foliage and flower colors. This tree has medium-high resistance to strong winds. Use as a specimen, street, or patio tree, or in woodland gardens and natural areas.

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Tree

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Spring, Late Spring to Early Summer

Bloom Colors: Pink, Purple

Deer Resistance: None

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds

Salt Tolerance: Low to None

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: Piedmont - P, Highland - H, Coastal Plain - CP

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 20 - 30 ft

Spread: 25 - 35 ft

Growth Rate: Medium