Characteristics & Cultural Requirements
Height/Spread: 20-30’ tall by 25-35’ wide
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Medium moisture, well-drained
Most commonly grown as a multi-stemmed tree, Eastern Redbud is best used as a specimen or focal point tree. A native to the Great Lakes region the Redbud is easily adapted to our local soils and can be used in woodland settings or more formal gardens with the right exposure. The pea-like flowers hug the branches of the tree in a glowing lavender color in March-April. The flowers eventually begin to form the seed pods that can persist into winter. For the summer months, large heart-shaped leaves cover the tree creating a cool, shady understory. Fall color is a pale yellow. The open branching creates a stunning statement year-round and in the winter the cinnamon coloring in the bark contrasts beautifully with a fresh snow outlining the branches.
Specimen tree, woodland understory tree, naturalized areas