Eastern Redbud

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Electric Pink-Purple Flowers Eastern Redbud Tree

  • Showy Purpleish-Pink Flowers in Early Spring
  • Native Tree Eastern North America
  • Pollinator Friendly
  • Widely Adapted and Easy to Grow
  • Disease Resistant
  • Beautiful Small Flowering Tree
  • Mellow Fall Color
  • Zig-Zag Bare Branches & Winter Interest
  • State Tree of Oklahoma

Plant Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) as an outstanding clarion call to herald the arrival of spring. Use this lovely native plant by itself as a specimen focal point or plant several to create a spectacular grouping.

This tree steals the show each spring. Electric, lavender-pink to magenta clusters of blossoms burst from the bare branches, long before any of the heart-shaped leaves emerge. Every branch is festooned with flowers!

The stunningly delightful presentation lasts for weeks in the spring! Garden designers rely on Eastern Redbud's flower power. They use this tree as the main attraction in the Spring Garden. Why not follow their lead?

This small, ornamental tree is a great choice. Native to most of the United States in one species or another, they are easy care. They also bring many desirable features into the landscape.

New leaves unfurl underneath the flowers and grow into a perfect heart shape for summer shade. Held on long petioles, the dark green leaves flutter and dance in a charming way whenever a breeze blows through the rounded crown.

As fall comes on and the nights get colder, the foliage mellows into a nice shade of harvest yellow. Tiny, purplish seed pods dangle and persist for a bit of textured winter interest.

Versatile Redbuds have a unique, sculptural shape that can vary from tree to tree. There are many ways to feature them throughout the landscape, and they make a natural partner for water features and woodlands.

Eastern Redbud is native to North America where it grows in woodlands and along creeks and rivers. It's primarily found as an understory tree growing along with taller hardwoods and conifers, so it can tolerate partial shade conditions.

Being native to the Americas and found naturally from Texas to the Great Lakes, the Eastern Redbud has super soil adaptability. It thrives in nearly any condition and grows about 2 feet a year until maturity.

Members of the Legume family, you'll see that similarity in their pea-like flowers and the seed pods! These popular springtime superstars sell out every year. Order your Eastern Redbud trees now!

How to Use Eastern Redbud in the Landscape

Grow the Eastern Redbud as a single specimen tree or as a small grove of 3 to 5 for a great woodland effect. When happy, these trees are very little maintenance and naturalize in the landscape beautifully.

They'll appreciate well-drained soil but are tolerant of wet, clay soil and alkaline conditions. This makes them perfect to use in a lawn setting. They won't mind the regular application of water required by turf.

Move into an established yard with a large evergreen tree? Plant an Eastern Redbud nearby to boost the appeal. Add a planting bed to the east, south or west of the larger tree and create a special spring display.

You'll love the contrast between the fluorescent Redbud flowers and the steady tones of the evergreen foliage. Mulch it and underplant with spring bulbs, small evergreen shrubs and a few summer flowering shrubs to create a year-round display.

These are a great choice for both home garden, and commercial plantings. They'll do very well in median parking strips. Use them as street trees along walkways or in park settings.

As you can imagine, Eastern Redbud is a premier choice for native landscapes or native restoration projects. Include them in your garden border plantings or marching along property lines.

For a large hedge where the canopies touch, plant them 6 - 8 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Expand that spacing from 10 - 12 feet apart to establish individual trees.

Train the Eastern Redbud as a single trunk tree or buy a multi-trunk clump for a more natural look. Try one at the corner of your house to anchor your foundation planting.

Use 2, 4 or 6—however many you have room for—on either side of a driveway to create a magnificent allée. What a treat in spring!

We aren't sure if there is anything prettier than an Eastern Redbud in full bloom at the edge of a pond or water feature. Why not plant them with slightly tilted trunks, so that the canopy appears to reach towards the water?

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant these deciduous trees in well-drained soil. Give them plenty of regular water, especially when young and in drier climates. Tolerant of part shade and full sun

In western USDA hardiness zone 9, Eastern Redbud benefits from morning sun and protection from the hot afternoon sun. In the hotter climates, give the Eastern Redbud plenty of mulch. Use at least 4 inches of wood chips spread to 3 feet outside of the canopy of the tree. Highly resistant, prune to ensure there’s plenty of air circulation to help prevent verticillium wilt, canker or other diseases, and prune out any winter dieback in early spring.

Be patient with young trees and small trees. Oftentimes, they are slow to send out leaves in spring, so give them time.

This is one of our prettiest native trees of North America. You'll love the look of the bare branches clothed in great clusters of early spring blossoms. Find the Eastern Redbud tree for sale at NatureHills.com!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Eastern Redbud Trees? Is the Eastern Redbud a good tree?

The Eastern Redbud is a fantastic ornamental with early spring flowering, 4-season interest, and a wide range of adaptability, tolerance and pest resistance for many hardiness zones!

Is the Eastern Redbud a fast-growing tree?

The Eastern Redbud is considered a fast-growing tree that can easily attain a growth rate of about a foot a year in optimal conditions.

How big does an Eastern Redbud get?

The native form of the deciduous Eastern Redbud tree can grow 20-30 feet in height with a spread of 15-30 feet. Other cultivars and dwarf varieties can have a wide range of size options.

Where is the best place to plant a Redbud tree?

Plant Redbud trees in moderately moist and fertile soil that drains well. Select a site in full sun, however, Cercis canadensis also does well in partial shade as an understory tree.

What shipping options do you offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won’ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find the Eastern Redbud for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Eastern Redbud Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cercis canadensis
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes