Common Name: Eastern Redbud

  • Habit: Tree
  • Light:  Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
  • Water Needs: Average
  • Height: 15-30′
  • Flower: Pink, Mar-Apr
  • Fruit: Bean pod-like seed capsule that turns brown as it ripens
  • Fall Color: Yes
  • Natural Habitat: Bottomland Deciduous Forest, Upland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge, Mesic Forests

Cercis canadensis or Eastern Redbud is a deciduous shrub or small tree that may grow up to 30 feet tall. In early Spring, pink to light purple flowers grow in clusters on the branches and stems before the leaves are present. The simple, heart-shaped (cordate) leaves turn yellow in the fall. A large variety of butterflies and moths use Eastern Redbud as a larval host plant, some of which are: Spicebush Swallowtail, Red-Humped Caterpillar, Henry’s Elfin, Redbud Leafroller.  Amember of the Legume family (Fabaceae), Eastern Redbud is a nitrogen fixing plant.

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