Eastern Redbud

Cercis candensis

A harbinger of spring, this tree is known for its profusion of deep pink flowers on bare twigs in early spring.  Its spreading crown provides a graceful silhouette in winter and substantial beauty in the summer.

Power Line Approved: Yes

Min. street tree planting width: 5 feet

Mature Height: 25 feet

Mature Spread: 25 feet

Tree Shape: Vase to rounded at maturity

Where to Plant:
Perfect for under power lines or in small yard spaces. Not appropriate for larger yard spaces or planting strips without overhead power lines.

Heart-shaped leaves emerge a reddish color, turning darker green through summer and then eventually turning to yellow in fall.

Showy pea-like purple blossoms bloom in early spring before leaves and attract many insects and early season butterflies.

Flowers are followed by bean-like seedpods that mature to brown in summer.

Preferred Site Conditions:
The eastern redbud prefers full sun to partial shade. It's an adaptable tree and will grow in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, and clay soils.

Potential Problems:
Susceptible to verticillium wilt.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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