The American Redbud Tree
Cercis Canadensis




The American Redbud Tree is one of the most beautiful ornamental trees. Varieties like the Forest Pansy Redbud and the Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud tree are a must have even in small gardens. This tree is also often called Eastern Redbud. Redbud trees are covered in bright pink flowers in the spring and have attractive heart-shaped foliage for the rest of the growing season.

american redbud tree, cercis canadensis flowers

The American Redbud tree is a beautiful ornamental tree that is simply a must-have for your garden. People will stop in the street when they see this magnificent garden tree in bloom! The pretty heart-shaped foliage will start to grow after the flowers have finished. The tree will show colorful autumn color as well when the leaves turn a bright yellow.

Redbuds are small trees with a short trunk and many branches forming a broad tree when mature. They can reach a height of 20-30 feet.


Where To Grow Redbud Trees

Cercis canadensis is a tree that occurs naturally in moist valleys and forests. That means they like a moist but not wet soil. They are also not happy in a very dry soil. The trees tolerate a sunny spot if you are not in cooler areas. If you live in a hot place plant the tree in the shade of some other trees. They are suitable for Zones 5-9.

I would like to show you particularly nice varieties of the American Redbud Tree that are suitable for small gardens: the Forest Pansy Redbud and the Lavender Twist Redbud Tree.



The Forest Pansy Redbud Tree

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'


american redbud tree, forest pansy redbud tree leaves

This cultivar has very attractive reddish-purple foliage and dark pink, pea-like flowers in the spring. This is a great specimen tree for the lawn, tree groups or woodland gardens. It will grow 20-30 feet high and is suitable for smaller gardens.

The leaves change to a beautiful orange and purple color in the autumn before they fall off. Combine the Forest Pansy Tree with a white background or white flowering Hydrangeas or Viburnums.

Find out more about the Forest Pansy Tree here!

Photo: Point and Shoot Kinda Gal


Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud Tree

Cercis canadensis 'Covey'


american redbud tree, lavender twist weeping redbud tree flower

This is a small weeping tree suitable for small areas, flower beds and large containers. Lavender Pink flowers will emerge in the spring along the twisted weeping branches. This weeping tree is a real eye-catcher!

The leaves are a dark-purple color in the spring and change to a green in the summer. Pea-like seed pods will start developing during autumn and will stay on the branches during the winter.

Find out more about the Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud Tree here!

Photo: KatDeiss





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