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Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis

Common Name: Eastern redbud

Type: tree

Family: Fabaceae

Zone: 4 to 8     Find Your Zone

Height: 20 to 30 feet

Width: 20 to 30 feet

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: Pink

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: well drained, medium moisture

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen or Miracle Gro Evergreen Tree Spikes


It is said that the blooming of the redbud trees represents the introduction of spring. Small pink flowers bloom on the bare branches of the redbud right before leafing out. This tree is often found blooming on the edge of wood lines as far South as Florida and as far North as Ontario. This mid-sized tree makes a great tree for the landscape, that won’t overwhelm the yard. Tree will produce bean-like seed pods after flowering.

For a slightly different look, look for Forest Pansy variety that has beautiful purple foliage.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Posted 2015-10-01T17:43:54+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL