Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis

A local favorite found in forests, fields, and yards – the redbud has beautiful pink and purple spring flowers, large heart-shaped leaves. and attractive seed pods that release small dark seeds in the fall that are highly valued by wildlife. Redbud is often used as a garden accent under the shade of larger trees. Its stems can sometimes disfigure with age due to a fungus – also known as “canker.” Infected stems may be pruned to eliminate the infection.

Size and Light Requirements

A fast grower, redbuds can reach 15 – 25 feet in height in approximately 15 years. They can be planted in full sun but prefer partial shade.

Plant This Tree

This tree is available through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. You can also get up to $50 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo Credits

Suzanne Cadwell, Patrick Standish, Josiah Lau Photography, muffinn, SEWilco, je_wyer, TeunSpaans