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Botanical name: Cercis canadensis
Common name: Eastern redbud
USDA zones: 4 to 9 (find your zone)
Water requirement: Prefers moist, well-drained soils but can survive in drier conditions. You should water it during dry summer days.
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade
Mature size: 20 to 30 feet tall and up to 35 feet wide
Benefits and tolerances: The tree is quite tolerant of poor soils, some drier conditions, urban conditions and various amounts of shade. It is susceptible to wilt, fungus, cankers and some pests.
Seasonal interest: Gorgeous deep pink blooms in spring; yellow leaves in fall
When to plant: After the last frost in spring or six weeks before the first frost in the fall
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Distinguishing traits. These native trees are covered in deep pink blooms in the spring; flowers pop up in clusters all along the stems, branches and sometimes even along the trunk. Eastern redbuds are able to thrive in filtered light, so the color they provide is quite a shock to see in a woodland understory.
Mature trees have a round shape, though when out in the open, the oldest trees can spread out, becoming wider than they are tall.
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When they're not in bloom, enjoy their uniquely heart-shape leaves. The leaves are a reddish-purple right after the bloom, quickly turn a lovely shade of green for the summer and then turn yellow in the fall.
The tree produces seed pods that eventually drop. They are good for wildlife, as they are a winter food for birds. Birds also enjoy nesting in these trees.