About the American Redbud, cercis canadensis

The American Redbud tree is an American classic! (It is also called Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, and Flowering Judas.) Known for its showy reddish-purple blossoms, this flowering tree is one of the first plants to herald the arrival of spring. It is native to North America.

The spectacular display of dark pink color in April makes this a favorite ornamental tree! This small tree provides three seasons of visual interest, with lovely heart shaped leaves in the summer and dangling seed pods in the fall. The tree typically develops a vase shape, as the trunk will divide into multi trunks near the ground.

Use the American Redbud as a landscape focal point, or plant several in a row to create an unforgettable border. The flowers of the tree are edible!

Growing American Redbuds

These trees are versatile, growing in full sun or partial shade. They are heat tolerant. The American Redbud has a medium growth rate and will reach twenty to thirty feet in height at maturity. It typically has a lifespan around twenty years. See below for more characteristics and USDA zone compatibility.

Buy American Redbud trees to enjoy their stunning beauty in your lawn each spring.

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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 4 - 9

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.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.

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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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