Eastern Redbud Details

Eastern Redbud

  • Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis
  • Plant Type: Ornamental Tree
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Fragrance, Specimen Plant/Focal Point
  • Ornamental Value: White, Pink
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value: Butterflies
  • Season: Spring
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Bushy
  • Plant Spread: 15'
  • Plant Height: 20'


Highly ornamental and showy small tree with spreading crown. Good understory tree or accent plant.

Redbud grows naturally throughout the eastern U.S. and Texas and is generally a forest understory tree. Its leaves are heart-shaped and glossy green. It grows in sun or shade and can be grown as either a multi-stemmed or single trunk tree. Native varieties bloom pinkish purple on bare branches in early spring. Several different varieties are available twith either smooth, dull green or shiny, crinkle-edged leaves and pink or white blooms. Of the available varieties, Eastern redbud is the most common in North Texas. Good drought-tolerant selections are Texas and Mexican varieties. Fun fact: Redbud is the official tree of Southlake, Texas.

Tree Care Guide

Eastern Redbud Photos