Northern Herald® Redbud

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One of the most cold-hardy Redbuds on the market, released by NDSU from a mature Eastern Redbud growing in central South Dakota. The Northern Herald® Redbud Tree (Cercis canadensis 'Pink Trim') handles arctic zone 3 planting zones and frigid winter chill with ease! Allowing you to kick off the spring flowering season with an explosion of magenta pink earlier than other flowering ornamental trees!

Resembling their Pea family relations, the cute little magenta buds open to fluorescent lavender-pink blossoms that appear in profusion right along every stem. The flowers fade to pink blooms that are born in clusters all along the silvery-colored stems creating a lovely display. Early emerging pollinators and early arriving hummingbirds seek out these blooms for a vital nectar resource! Late spring brings a flourish of heart-shaped foliage in lush green to round out the rest of the growing season!

Turning darker green through summer, the leathery leaves only look delicate but are wind and heat-resistant! Offering a soothing yellow flush of fall color before dropping to expose the few seedpods that birds love!

Northern Herald® Redbud is incredibly cold-hardy throughout the Northern USDA growing zones 3 and up to warmer, more temperate zone 8. Growing to a tidy 15-20 feet in height and width, the canopy of these trees is upright and can be trained into any size needed to best suit your landscape with just a bit of pruning from an early age. These are often multi-stemmed shrubby trees and sometimes trained into single-trunked forms depending on what you are looking for in your individual garden style.

Planting and Application:

Northern Herald® is of course most valued for its vibrant pink spring display and nectar source for pollinators! Use this for early spring color and interest in front yard Specimen plantings and anchoring your home's foundation and front lawn focal point berms. You really want the entire neighborhood to gasp at the shocking color so early in the season!

However, if you'd rather, you can keep these Redbud Trees display all to yourself by using Northern Herald® as a fantastic shade and accent tree in your backyard seating areas or garden bench accents! Plant one outside a window you frequently pass by to enjoy watching winter give way to spring!

Create bird and butterfly-friendly groupings that are sun-loving naturalized-looking groupings, by planting in odd numbers. Try mixing and matching with other Redbuds that bloom later in the spring for a longer-lasting display! Also adapted to partial shade, employ Northern Herald® in the understory and dappled shade of larger trees along the back tree line for a pretty touch of wilderness. The airy branching and lovely foliage accents any style garden!

  • The Most Cold-Hardy Redbud Variety!
  • Bright Pink Flowers in Early Spring Fade to Silvery Pink
  • Colorful Foliage All Growing Season
  • Attracts Butterflies, Bees & Hummingbirds
  • Produces Fewer Seedpods Than Other Redbuds
  • Specimen, Shade, Accents & Burst of Early Spring Color!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Redbud trees are wonderfully easy to grow and low maintenance! Thriving in full sun and partial shade locations, appreciating a touch of afternoon shade when planted in the hottest of their favored growing zones. Plant deciduous Redbud trees in well-drained, enriched soil. Give them plenty of regular water, especially when young and in drier climates. Try to situate these trees away from anywhere cold air may collect and in a protected location in cooler climates to avoid a late frost from nipping back your flower buds.

Give Redbuds a 3-4 inch layer of mulch or arborist wood chips, spread to 3 feet outside of the canopy of the tree. Prune in late winter to prune out any winter dieback in early spring but then perform the majority of pruning right after the flowers fade. Be patient with young trees and small trees. Oftentimes, they are slow to send out leaves in spring, so give them time.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Regular Moisture Until Established
  • Prune After Flowering

Northern Herald® Redbud Tree is just what the doctor ordered for an injection of brilliant color and the first sign of spring! Order yours today at Nature Hills Nursery before this new offering sells out!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Northern Herald® Redbud Trees? Is the Northern Herald® Redbud a good tree?

The Northern Herald® Redbud is one of the cold-hardiest of Redbud trees on the market! 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 Northern Herald® Redbud a fast-growing tree?

The Northern Herald® Redbud is considered a moderate-growth rate tree that can easily attain a growth rate of about a foot a year in optimal conditions.

How big does a Northern Herald® Redbud Tree get?

The deciduous Northern Herald® Redbud tree can grow 15-20 feet in height and width. 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.

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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.

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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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Northern Herald® Redbud Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cercis canadensis 'Pink Trim'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes