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American Redbud

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Also called Eastern Redbud

An American classic! This flowering tree looks great in any landscape, in any season. Its rosy blossoms announce the arrival of spring, and its lovely heart-shaped leaves offer gentle shade in summer. Can be used as a landscape focal point or planted in a row to create an unforgettable border. Versatile – grows in sun or partial shade. Heat-tolerant. Matures to be 20-30' tall and 25-35' wide. Cercis canadensis.


Bloom Color Pink
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 8.0
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 20 - 30' tall x 25 - 35' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 25 - 35' apart to ensure room for growth.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow flowering trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Previous Red Bud didn't survive the winter.
Cleve V on May 13, 2020
Never Seen one before , So i thought i try it., And It Looks Bulitifull
Andrew R on May 7, 2020
Previous Red Bud didn't survive the winter.
Cleve V on May 13, 2020
Always liked these trees
Mary B on May 9, 2020
Never Seen one before , So i thought i try it., And It Looks Bulitifull
Andrew R on May 7, 2020
I've tried to start from wild stock twice and haven't had any luck. I know this tree will be established quickly and fill it's place in my landscape.
Donald S on May 5, 2020
It's going look beautiful. We bought two to plant in honor of our fathers who passed years ago.
Scott L on Apr 28, 2020
Love the blossems also my aunt remembers these all over Arkasas, with fond memories
Scot H on Apr 25, 2020
I have always wanted a Redbud and this is the perfect time for us to get one.
Cindy A on Apr 24, 2020
Native and look beautiful when purple blooms are gone.
Erica G on Apr 21, 2020
Always wanted one
Sandy S on Apr 15, 2020
Need some color in my yard
Heidi P on Apr 13, 2020
I have a redbud tree in my yard and love it. I wanted to share a little spring color with my sister.
Christine A on Apr 3, 2020
They are beautiful and wanted to add it to my landscape and it is native to OK.
Deborah C on Mar 29, 2020
Love the colors and see it every spring everywhere and wanted one for a long time!
Astrid H on Mar 25, 2020
Love them. Had one where I used to live and really miss it.
Kathy H on Mar 21, 2020
Native, disease resistant, good understory replacement for the invasives I'm removing.
Karl R on Mar 16, 2020
Replace my redbud that got hit by car.
ROBERT E on Mar 13, 2020
Redbuds in the spring are so lovely, and we want to bring some of that color from the woods around us up into our yard.
Dixie Lee S on Mar 6, 2020
The color is stunning and I want it next to my flowering Dogwood tree
Lorna M on Mar 1, 2020
It will work perfectly in the area I have for it. And I have always had really good luck with Stark bro's products.
Kirk H on Feb 8, 2020
Accentuate with lovely purple colored flowers in the backyard
Muki S on Jan 24, 2020
This is an all time favorite of mine of the local flowering trees of our area!!!
JAMES Y on Dec 15, 2019
State tree of OK. Right size for front yard
Richard R on Oct 14, 2019
Good tree for hanging bird feeders when they grow bigger.
Gerald E on Jun 1, 2019
A friend recommend so we are both getting one for it's beauty
Brenda M on May 14, 2019
Love the flowers that bloom out in the spring
Beverly L on May 14, 2019
Redbuds are native in our area and very beautiful to me. I lost one to a logging accident, and missed it, so I wanted to replace it.
Joy P on May 9, 2019
when it flowers early to mid spring its flowers attract bees. These trees will be used to help the bee population.
mark s on May 6, 2019
I admire them all over town, I wanted one, decided Stark Brothers has best reputation if I have problems.
SANDY W on May 1, 2019
My mom loves these and asked for one for mothers day.
Tawnya S on May 1, 2019
For mothers day for my mom!
Mallory B on Apr 30, 2019
Easy to grow in our zone and your prices are great!! Beautiful TOO!!
Michael H on Apr 28, 2019
I got one a few years ago and it???s so pretty...beautiful purple color right now :) very low maintenance too
Randy T on Apr 20, 2019
Flowers color of fall leaves. Grows most places hardy. Tolerated poor soil
Cheryl L R on Mar 31, 2019
My Wife and I had one of these trees at a previous was always beautiful! We'd like to have a similar showy tree for our new place.
Daniel D on Mar 18, 2019
Love the color. I currently have nothing colorful in my backyard
Janet W on Mar 17, 2019
Beautiful trees
Clara W on Mar 6, 2019
We have always enjoyed redbuds, and we are replacing a large pine that was diseased in our front yard. The color will reflect the new paint and trim on our Cape Cod
Robert on Jan 29, 2019
We have seen this tree locally and was looking for one
ROGER E on Jan 27, 2019
Need splash of vibrant color for front yard.
Andrew F on Jan 15, 2019
The two toned color in spring, changing from purple to pink is awe inspiring. I can???t wait to plant this one and wait for next year to see the beauty of this tree.
Mark W on May 22, 2018
I have always wanted redbuds and the price is very reasonable for the size of the plants.
BARTLEY P. on May 20, 2018
I have always wanted a purple tree!
Heather C on May 11, 2018
Beauty, I've seen this tree on other lawns in my town and just love the color
Denise B on May 10, 2018
I have seen these trees near where I live and they are the most beautiful trees I have ever seen in the spring so I am getting a couple for myself in hopes they will live on my property.
Alice D on Feb 21, 2018
Mother's Day gift for wife who loves them.
Jeff N on May 8, 2017
My wife and I have had redbuds at several residences over a twenty year period. We have a new house and intent to keep the tradition alive!
Robert N on Apr 8, 2017
Saw them in bloom for miles and miles going north on route 81
Beverly M on Apr 6, 2017
Spring color
David W on Mar 26, 2017
Native to my location. Excellent bare root, and just ordered 2 more
Brian R on Mar 14, 2017
Beautiful early bloom
JANET J on Mar 10, 2017
Always liked these trees
Mary B on May 9, 2020
I've tried to start from wild stock twice and haven't had any luck. I know this tree will be established quickly and fill it's place in my landscape.
Donald S on May 5, 2020
My red-bud is only about 2' tall. How long will it take to mature?
Jerry H on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My eastern redbuds are fast growers - 18-24 inches per year. With each season they seem to grow even faster.
Does this ship with a single stem/trunk?
xiphias on Feb 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine was shipped with a single trunk, about 3 feet tall, with a couple of short
branches at the top - the bottom was bare roots, but was moist, well wrapped in shredded paper, and well packaged, shipped in a large, tall box. The tree has grown very well. I would buy another one if I had room. Just follow their planting instructions carefully.
are these trees deer resistant ?
howard k on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. Unfortunately deer love these trees.
I love these redbud trees, and would love to plant one in my yard. But, a friend told me that they have off shoots that pop up elsewhere in the yard, my husband too sure about getting one if this happens. We had a Trumpet Vineyard that did that and it was a constant battle. I hope this isn't true with the redbud.....hope you have an answer.?????.....thanks.....
Linda B on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This Redbud tree has not grown enough to cause any problems, but I had a white one for YEARS and it never had off-shoots. My neighbors have the pink Redbud that is years old and I've never seen an off-shoot. Crepe Mertle trees will send off shoots (not particularly troublesome though) so I'm wondering if your friend has the trees mixed up. Trumpet vine is AWFUL! You won't have trouble with Redbud.
Does the American redbud Have blossoms on the trunk and branches?
Blondie on Apr 11, 2020
The American redbud has beautiful purplish pink (some call it magenta) buds on its branches. It's shape is more umbrella like, so make sure to give your tree, if you order one, plenty of room. Mine is just now in leaf. I've admired this beautiful tree for years because one of our neighbors has one, so I ordered mine last year.
I hope you are doing well.

How fast do these trees grow?
Dave I on May 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not super fast but an adequate spread (diameter) of about 16"/year for the first 4 years I have had them. I do prune them lightly. Colored blossoms are short-lived but among the prettiest out there'
The leaves are uncommon and to me more beautiful than a dogwood. My neighbors have since pruchased some and they are growing hearty here in SW Pa. Good luck!
Though our summers are quite warm, it also snows in our area. Is the American Redbud cold hardy?
Patricia S on May 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My redbuds went through a pretty harsh winter this year here is Salt a lake City. My redbuds all still came out this spring with beautiful blossoms, and no winterkill. I love these. They are very cold hardy.
What does redbud look like in summer?
Karen P on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is beautiful when it blooms out with the red buds in spring. Then it evolves into an almost round leaf tree with a naturally full leaf tree. It has a shape that needs very little pruning because it spreads out and all of ours have been very straight trees. Only a few branches grow downward and have to be trimmed. We have humming bird feeders in our and we live to just sit and watch them because a lot of the branches are are small enough so that they can actually land in them. Our redbuds are some of our favorite trees because of their natural shape and low maintenance. I hope that helps.
How fast do they grow?
Katherine R on Apr 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They grow rather slowly. 6" to a foot the first couple years. Make sure to prune lower branches or it will become a bush. After the first couple years it will grow at a faster pace. It is worth the wait.
Can you plant this tree in a rock patio?
Shauna S on Mar 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: As with any plant or tree you can plant it a rock garden if it has proper nutrition and a balanced ph level that the plant/trees require.
what is the color of the leaf?
chandra d on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: burgundy and dark green
How long once it starts blooming do the flowers last?
Pamela on Apr 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine were early last year in march through most of May. Nothing yet this year due to the weather.The blossoms last year were brilliant although there wasn't a lot of growth' It is the first tree that you see on my long driveway and even without the blossoms has striking foliage. The tree was planted with a large 3' diameter tilled area for root expansion and surface mulched in soil that was well-drained and included some shale. I added only a general fertilizer last year. Very happy with the health of the tree and have ordered another in this years' order.I am in southwest Pa.
Can this tree be pruned to keep shorter?
RICHARD J. on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The redbud tree is not a large tree even when mature. You didn't say how talll you want it to be, but pruning it shorter will result in a misshapen tree at best. It is better to buy a tree that at maturity will fit the space you have for it. I would not recommend pruning a redbud to control its height.
I just received the redbud tree, worried it is just a dark gray hard twig, got it planted but forgot to let it soak in water for a few hours, the roots seemed wet, they were not dry so I am hoping it is o.k. It has been in the ground for about a week throught about taking it out and putting it in water but have been keeping the dirt good and damp is this going to possibly stop the tree from taking hold and growing by not soaking the bare roots in water before planting?????????????
Hosssie on Jun 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted my new redbud and really thought it was dead. I also did not soak mine in water. I planted it about a month ago and it just started getting tiny leaves on it this past week. The first I noticed anything on it was when it was 3-4 weeks after I got it. Look for little tiny nodes on the tree and then they finally turn into leaves. Just keep it watered and it will take off. Good luck!

Cindy Ehlen
I live in the hills of western Mass and normally only purchase product that can survive in Zone 3 or lower since we can get -10 to -12 and not go above 2 degrees in the winter on occasion. Can you verify that if I purchase your American Redwood Tree or any other item that you list my area in zone 5B that it would survive for many years?
Elliot R on Apr 15, 2020
The American Redbud tree is actually the state tree of Okalahoma and is native to eastern North America and Ontario. The redbud should be able to be planted in Massachusetts and thrive. Make sure you plant the redbud in its preferred conditions: Plant them in areas protected from north and west winds. They will grow in part shade, but for the best flowering they should get at least four hours of sunlight a day. They prefer slightly acidic loamy soil that drains well and with their long tap roots can survive in a dry climate, but prefer lots of water.
What is the rate of growth on the eastern redbud?
Barbara D on Mar 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The tree I planted in 2018 had about 10??? growth for the year but sadly did not survive the first winter. The replacement tree in 2019 I wrapped for winter and it had only two rather long limbs with growth about same as first tree
We have clay land can we still plant these?
Priscilla C on May 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can if you dig an extra large planting hole and amend the backfill with coir fiber, then plant the tree about 6 inches above the soil level and mound up the backfill to meet the tree (sort of like planting the tree on a little mini-hill). Then the roots can breathe and drainage will be good. It would also help to plant the tree on a slight slope if possible, so water can drain away.
Can a redbud tree be planted in May/June?
Joan C on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
can this tree thrive in a pot?
Carol F on Apr 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is meant to be a landscape tree and really isn't suitable for growing in a pot. It's mature height can be 30' x 35' and while it's possible to keep it contained in a pot, it would be a difficult task. A dwarf-size tree would be much easier to manage in a container.
Whats the color in fall do the leaves change?
Patti on Aug 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It provides yellow fall color with the first frost, and is deciduous, so it drops all of its heart-shaped leaves in one season
are tree roots invasive?
maryann r on Jul 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It fits well into small gardens or tight spaces and doesn't intrude on hardscapes with invasive roots. Redbud does well in parking lots or as a street or sidewalk tree and can grow in raised planters or large containers.
Does it fruit?
Dawn B on May 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No , this is not a fruit tree.
How big a hole do I have to dig for tree?
Ronnie on Apr 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Not to awefull big it will come with planting instructions just follow those
When do I plant these Redbud trees if I receive them Dec.4 2019?
Tim M on Nov 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Planting depth of 3' stick tree?
Tom S on May 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We always recommend a planting hole of 3' deep and wide to give the young roots room to establish easily and strengthen before adapting to the surrounding soil.
Just planted trees this summer, has some leaves that are turning black on tips of leaves. Does it need some sort of spray? Live in Florida
Beverly S on Aug 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's very likely some kind of fungal disease; there are many possibilities because of the heat and humidity in Florida. This is the best broad-spectrum treatment we know of for fungus problems on trees: //
Hello I am interested in the eastern redbud. The bloom color says pink but is it purple and then changes to pink? I want to buy a tree that???s purple in spring and wanted to make sure this is it.
Thank you.
Mark W on May 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The color in the photo is accurate ... it's really a purplish pink. It's gorgeous.
how do you prune this type tree? or "train" the limbs at an early age?
Sparky on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I only trim the lower branches during early February. You want to be able to mow around the tree. Most eastern redbuds will take the shape of a bouquet of posies. Trimming the lower branches should allow for 5-6 foot of bare trunk on a mature tree. These graceful ladies of the forest don't require aggressive pruning, so be sparing until you see the natural form begin to take shape.
Ilive in Zone 5 and the tree will be in full Sun but will have to deal with high winds sometime is the American Redbud a Hardwood?
Joyce B on Oct 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is indeed a hardwood, similar in that respect to walnut.
Is this same as Appalachian redbud?
Craig P on Apr 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are the same type of tree, Cercis canadensis, but "Appalachian Red" is a red-flowered variety that was discovered in Maryland and named for its uniquely colored blooms.

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We are all so impressed with our American Redbud tree! To be honest, when I did an online search last year, I went with the most inexpensive price I could fine. When the tree arrived as "just a twig," we thought, "Hmmm... interesting." But it LOOKED healthy, so we followed the planting directions and planted it in our backyard. A month later we had a horrendous wind storm that resulted in a 5-day power outage. Our neighbors laughed to see the twig blowing in the breeze! But as the summer went on we saw evidence of new life all over that twig. This year the tree actually had one purple flowering - a symbol of what's to come. Now it is FULL of branches and leaves; even our neighbors are impressed!! If we should decide to plant more tress, Stark Brothers is the first place we'll look. Thank you for easy-to-follow planting directions and a quality product.
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
We received a little twig and I planted it and staked it as it was growing. Today, in it's 2nd year the tree is thriving, straight and beautiful and a little taller than our deck. One can order with confidence from Stark. You will not get a weakling. I am delighted in giving Stark a 5 star rating.
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
The tree arrived in good condition, and was planted that same day. I followed the easy to understand instructions, and all went well. The deer munched off all of the buds, but the tree survived. It is doing very well so I'm looking forward to seeing flowers next year.

Great service good pricing!
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
Amazing Redbud!
Our Redbud has thrived and blossomed over the year that we have had it. Despite heat, wind, cold, marauders (deer, javalinas) this tree is gorgeous with big heart shaped leaves. We love our Redbud! I would recommend this tree to anyone who wants color for all seasons.
June 11, 2016
over 5 years ago
One if my favorites
The trees arrived as promised last spring. They were about three feet tall. They all survived our winter well. A couple of them had a few red buds on them this spring. All six of them are healthy and have leafed out. I am pleased.
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
It is growing but very slowly. I think it will take about 15 years to become a real good size tree or may be longer.
May 29, 2017
over 4 years ago
redbud and other trees
Everything I have ordered from Stark has been perfect including customer service. My neighbors cannot believe have fast my fruit trees have grown.
May 20, 2017
over 4 years ago
American Redbud Tree
My tree is growing and just perfect! I would definately purchase trees from you again!
May 17, 2017
over 4 years ago
My American Redbud is alive and well!
The redbud arrived looking like not much more than a stick.
I followed Stark instructions for digging hole, used rooting medium when planting/watering, staked it with the Stark stake and sat back to watch it grow. And, grow it has! Nice full leaves, straight trunk, and healthy-looking. There were no blooms this year, but I anticipate buds/blooms next yesr. I recommend the American Redbud tree to anyone wanting to add a tree with color to their landscape.
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago
My American Red Bud
Great tree! Going on my 2nd season and the tree is growing nice! Glad I bought it!! :-)
May 19, 2016
over 5 years ago