Rising Sun Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’)

Rising Sun Redbud

  • Amazing Pop of Color in Your Landscape
  • Extraordinarily Ornamental Tree
  • Bright Pink-Purple, Abundant Pea-Shaped Blooms in Spring
  • Excellent Nectar Source for Butterflies
  • New Leaves Emerge Sunny Yellow-Apricot and Mature to Orange and Lime Green
  • Multiple Colors of Foliage Appear on the Tree at the Same Time
  • Heart-Shaped Leaves Stay Bold and Colorful for a Long Time in Summer
  • Horizontal Branches Arch Upward at the Ends
  • Winter Interest
  • Remains Compact Overall
  • Disease-Resistant
  • Widely Adapted
  • Easy-Care

Love every season with the outstanding ornamental display of Rising Sun Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’). Especially in smaller yards, you really need a “superstar” to make your landscape design work for you.

Rising Sun Redbud easily plays the starring role to give you what you really want in flowering trees. It also happens to be one tough customer that resists heat and leaf scorch. It is easy-care, colorful and compact.

Of course, you choose Redbud trees for the power ballad of their spring flower display. Rising Sun doesn’t disappoint, with weeks of electric pink-purple, pea-shaped flowers held all along the bare branches in early spring.

The earliest butterflies of the season will come in groups to feast on the rich nectar source. This special cultivar of a native Redbud will become a hot gathering spot for your beneficial neighborhood pollinators.

For the next act, Rising Sun Redbud foliage may take awhile to emerge after the flowers. Be grateful, it’s not dead. Instead, it’s just waiting for the anticipation to build.

You’ll be starstruck by the new heart-shaped leaves. They deliver a kaleidoscope of color, emerging a highly pigmented deep apricot-laden marmalade.

As the beat of your spring goes on, the foliage develops into a quietly riotous mix of sunshine yellow, acid shades of orange gold and lollipop apricot. Yes, you’ll see all those amazing technicolors at the same time on a single tree.

The effect is amplified with gentle motion. Each leaf hangs from a long petiole and you know they will sway, skip and move in every windy city.

For summer, you’ll love the hue of the mature leaves. It’s an energetic, sublime lime green that gets your motor running.

Even the small, compact form is showy. Spreading branches grow nearly straight out from the trunk, then graciously dip down and arches back up again at the ends.

It will look great in winter, spring, summer and fall. Call on Rising Sun for a spectacular, small-scale focal point in any yard.

Your landscape needs the funky vibe Rising Sun gives up. It’s a solid gold choice, for a platinum-level focal point in your landscape.

How to Use Rising Sun Redbud in the Landscape

Maybe you have the perfect place picked out for a small, ornamental tree. Rising Sun makes the top of the charts for a sustained “pop” of color.

Not sure where you would use it? Create a spot in your landscape for this noted variety!

Study the way the light crosses your property. Is there a spot where the setting sun seems to glow?

Or a bright midday shaft of daylight? Add one, three or even five Rising Sun trees in a syncopated curved line to catch the rays.

You’ll create an overnight sensation!

Add cozy seating in the shade of these pint-sized powerhouses. Carve out the space you need for a private get-away in your yard.

Don’t be afraid to go big and bold with Rising Sun. Go ahead and make your neighbors jealous!

They make a fabulous grouping for a raised berm planting. Create an amazing backdrop on the north side of your garden beds. Run them along the length of your driveway.

These divas also work well to draw eyes to your commercial property. Plant several of them near the entrance of your building as a cheap advertising trick.

For a close planting where the canopies touch, plant them six feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Vary the spacing out to 12 feet or more to let it all hang out in a casual, informal planting.

Tips for Care

You’ll get the best color from Rising Sun in full sun with at least 6 hours of daylight. In the warmest zones, it’s advised that you provide morning sun and protection from the hot afternoon sun.

Be sure to add a packet of Nature Hills Root Booster to the last few inches of backfill soil during planting. Boost your soil ecosystem with beneficial microbes to help your tree access water and micronutrients across its entire lifespan.

Provide a regular schedule of water, especially for young trees and during extended heat. Mulch helps keep the root system nice and cool. Spread a three-inch layer all around the trunk, but pull it away from touching the trunk.

This adaptable tree is cold-hardy, heat-tolerant and can thrive in any well-drained soil. Create a raised bed if you need to improve the rate at which water drains from your soil.

The popularity of these amazing feature trees is sweeping the nation.

Rising Sun Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’) Details

Common name Rising Sun Redbud
Botanical name Cercis canadensis 'JN2'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 10 - 12 ft.
Width 8 - 10 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Purple, Pink