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Cercis canadensis

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Cercis canadensis is a small ornamental tree that can be used in the landscape as a specimen or placed in naturalistic groups at the edge of the woodland. Clusters of rose-purple flowers line the stems before the foliage emerges in late April and persist for 2 to 3 weeks. The heart-shaped leaves are a cool blue-green and the bark may develop interesting orange streaks with age. Redbud typically develops a rounded habit as it matures. Grow this tree in partial shade to full sun and preferably in moist, well drained, neutral or slightly alkaline soils, but it is adaptable to dry conditions. For a delightful spring combination use redbud with Cornus florida, Rhododendron vaseyi, Neviusia alabamensis, and Mertensia virginica.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
    adaptable, alkaline 
  • Flower Color
    lavender, pink 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color