Common Name: eastern redbud
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Fuchsia pink to red
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Street Tree, Flowering Tree
Leaf: Good Fall
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Part shade is best in hot climates. Performs best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. Avoid wet or poorly drained soils. Since this tree does not transplant well, it should be planted when young and left undisturbed.
Cercis canadensis is the common redbud tree that is native to eastern and central North America including Missouri. ‘Appalachian Red’ is a red-flowered cultivar that was discovered growing along a road in Maryland. It typically grows to 15-25’ tall. Clusters of tiny, fuchsia-pink to red, pea-like flowers bloom for 2-3 weeks in early spring (April) before the foliage emerges. Heart-shaped foliage with pointed tips matures to a dull, dark blue-green in summer and turns yellow in fall.
Canker can be a significant disease problem. Verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew and blights may also occur. Insect pests include tree hoppers, leaf hoppers, caterpillars, borers, webworms and scale.
Compact form, reddish-pink spring flowers and attractive foliage make this small tree an excellent addition to the landscape. Specimen or small group.