Known as the harbinger of spring, the American Redbud’s delicate blossoms and buds are one of the season’s most dramatic displays. But this tree’s beauty doesn’t end with its flowery show. Unique and irregular branching patterns combine with a trunk that commonly divides close to the ground to create a very handsome, spreading and often flat-topped crown.
- Blooms in a profusion of rosy pink flowers in April
- Features heart-shaped leaves that emerge a reddish color, turning dark green as summer approaches and then yellow in the fall
- Makes a bold landscape statement, with its irregular branching and graceful crown
- Will be delivered at a height of 3’–4′ for bare-root; a height of 1′-3′ for 4″ pot or 1-gallon pot
- The American Redbud grows in zones 4-9
- Mature Height: 20’–30′
- Mature Spread: 25’–35′
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Shape: Rounded
- Sun Preference: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well-drained
- Wildlife Value: The early blossoms draw in nectar-seeking insects, including several species of early-season butterflies. Northern bobwhite and a few songbirds, such as chickadees, will eat the seeds. It can be used for nesting sites and nesting materials, and it also provides shelter for birds and mammals.
Native to North America and Canada with cousins in Europe and Asia, this tree was noted by Spaniards who made distinctions between the New World species and their cousins in the Mediterranean region in 1571. Centuries later, George Washington reported in his diary on many occasions about the beauty of the tree and spent many hours in his garden transplanting seedlings obtained from the nearby forest.