Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis
Common Name: Eastern Redbud  
Plant photo of: Cercis canadensis
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Water Saving Tip:

Check the soil's moisture level before watering.

You can reduce your water use 20-50% by regularly checking the soil before watering.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, Red, Violet


Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Lawn, Patio, Park


Special Uses

Screen, Shade Tree, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

This small, deciduous tree with a rounded head is covered with small pea-shaped flowers of a rose pink to violet color in the spring before the appearance of large, heart-shaped leaves. It can grow to 25' tall with an equal spread. It has a low branching habit with a rounded form. During fall, foliage turns yellow. This is a great patio tree or for a small yard. "Forest Pansy" is a popular variety with spring leaves that emerge purplish and turn to a darker maroon.
Plant in rich, well-drained soil. Not suitable for sandy soils. Will grow in sun to light shade; watering recommendation is for full sun. See guides for planting instructions. Some forms will have pea-like seed pods after flowering, providing winter interest.