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Growing Redbud

Growing Redbud

Eastern Redbud


Attractive small trees with masses of small pink pea-like flowers in early spring. Leaves are heart-shaped and emerge after flowers fade. Slow-growing and usually reaches 15 to 25 feet tall when mature. Often grows in a multi-stemmed form. Good as a spring accent, specimen, or background tree. Hardy in zones 4 to 9. Plant bare root Redbud in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Can be somewhat difficult to transplant. Prepare a hole 12 to 18 inches deep and wide and mix in compost or other organic matter. Plant with the roots slightly deeper than when growing in the nursery.


For full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil. Benefits from mulching. Prune to remove dead wood as needed to keep plants attractive. Best planted in a sheltered area out of winds in zone 4 for best winter survival. Do not disturb plants after they are established.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy specimen trees include Chestnut, Corylus, and Crabapple.

Complimentary Products

Moderate feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Combines well with spring-blooming shrubs like Flowering Quince and Nanking Bush Cherry (20772).

Product Recommendations

Use Serenade Garden Disease Control (50297) to treat disease problems.

Redbud Facts

Generally free from serious problems. Borers, caterpillars, Japanese beetles, leaf hoppers, scale, webworms, canker, leaf spot, powdery mildew, and verticillium wilt sometimes occur. Classified as Cercis canadensis and also called Eastern Redbud, it is a North American native species.

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