Plant Information

Plant Information

Eastern Redbud*

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)

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Eastern redbud is a popular small native tree that has purple-pink flowers in early spring before the dark green, heart-shaped leaves unfold. Growing to 20 to 30 feet in height, this ornamental native tree has a rounded habit with branches that are usually quite close to the ground. Early spring brings blossoms, and fall brings yellow leaves and brown pods. Pealike purple-pink flowers bloom all along the branches and even sprout from the trunk of Eastern redbud. Cheery rosy-pink blooms in early spring as well as picturesque branching habit are attractive. Redbud is adaptable to a wide range of soils as long as there is not standing water. However, diseases such as canker can be a problem.

Illinois native species.



Cercis canadensisCercis canadensis


Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years