Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis


A small, umbrella-shaped tree covered with hot pink flowers in the spring. The large leaves are heart shaped and flutter in the breeze. The leaves develop fall colors that are attractive when seen close, but not always showy when seen from a distance. Often develops flat seed pods in the fall that look like very flat snow peas. They may stay on the tree into winter.


This tree may branch low; simple pruning for the first few years will encourage it to branch above head height. Useful for narrow areas. Not suitable for areas with poor drainage.

Eastern Redbud
Eastern Redbud

Height: 20 to 25 feet
Spread: 20 to 30 feet
Growth Rate: moderate

Irrigation needed: medium water
Fall Color: yellow / orange
Flowers:  ½-inch pink covering the tree in spring
Seeds/Fruit: 2- to 4-inch long flattened pea pods

Planting Distances
Front of green utility box: 8 feet
Building, paving, swimming pool: 6 feet
Fence, underground utilities: 3 feet
OK to plant under high voltage lines

Redbud Fall
Redbud Fall
Redbud Bloom
Redbud Bloom