Enjoy the yellow fall color, the ornamental bark, and the attractive, heart-shaped leaves, but save the drum roll for the spring show of the Eastern Redbud, or Cercis canadensis! This beautiful pink display can last as long as three weeks in April, and you will want ringside seats. It is spectacular!
Somewhat surprisingly, this plant has neither red buds nor flowers. Stem canker can occasionally be a problem with the Eastern Redbud. It also tends to be shortlived, usually not living much beyond 30 years. Eastern Redbud grows to about 20' high with equal or greater spread under a crown that can be either flat or rounded. Use as a specimen, in small groupings, or as a street tree; the point of an Eastern Redbud is DISPLAY! For that, it truly has no competitor or equal and will provide enjoyment whether gracing a front lawn in the South or beautifying a roadway in Maine.
The Eastern Redbud is native to eastern and central North America from southern Ontario and the Great Lakes south to Western Texas and Florida. Plant one today and enjoy!
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