Common Name: Eastern redbud
Origin/Ecology: Native to North and Central America
Habit: Often multi-trunked understory tree with a rounded crown that typically matures to 29039′ tall with a slightly larger spread.
Leaves: Simple, cordate, broadly ovate to nearly obicular, dull green to blue-green leaves (3-5″ across) have a papery texture and are short pointed at the tip. Leaves turn pale yellow to greenish-yellow in fall.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate.
Flowers and Fruit: Stunning pea-like rose-purple flowers which bloom profusely on bare branches in early spring before the foliage emerges. Flowers bloom in clusters of 4-10, followed by flattened leguminous bean-like dry seedpods (to 2-4″ long) that mature to brown in summer. Each pod has 6-12 seeds. Pods remain on the tree in winter.
Water Use, Soil: Grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Plants perform best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. Avoid wet or poorly drained soils. Does not transplant well; it should be planted when young and left undisturbed.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Specimen or small groups. Lawns, shrub borders, woodland margins, or along patios. Street or lawn tree. Attractive in naturalized settings.
Limitations: Canker can be a significant disease problem. Verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew and blights, Japanese beetles, tree hoppers, leaf hoppers, caterpillars, borers, webworms, scale.