Eastern Redbud Tree

Product Description

The Eastern Redbud Tree aka the Judas tree offers one of early-season spring’s most dramatic displays!

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The flowering tree produces stunning, rose-purple flowers that bloom profusely in the early spring before its heart-shaped leaves emerge. The Eastern Redbuds foliage grows blue-green and turns dark green in summer and yellow color during the fall season.

The rosy pink flowers remain on the tree until the reddish-purple leaves turn for their fall color display. You will never see bare branches on this gorgeous privacy tree. The redbud flowers will eventually turn into seed pods that may lay dormant on the forest floor until germinating and turning into a new redbud Cercis tree. Some redbuds have white flowers but this Eastern Redbud tree puts out bright purple-pink flowers for all to see!

Similar to its relative the Forest Pansy Redbud, they grow in most of North America and are native to the states of Oklahoma and Texas. They loved it so much they named it the state tree of Oklahoma. Alternatively, the bark of this tree was used by Native Americans to treat whooping cough. They boiled the bark to make tea. Interesting!

Redbud Tree Care

This deciduous tree, Cercis canadensis, features multiple trunks that mature from 20 to 30 feet tall with an equally large branch spread of 25-35 feet wide. The trunks split close to the ground making a simple yet elegant form.

Eastern Redbud Growth Rate

The Eastern Redbud growth rate is moderate, up to 1-2 feet per year. As young trees, they can put on 7-10 feet of growth in the first few years. The fast growth habit is ideal if you are looking for height fast as the tree grows.

The Eastern Redbud plant prefers medium, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is an excellent choice as a street tree, flowering tree, or specimen and is known to attract butterflies to your landscape.

Grow across the United States in USDA zones 4-9 in a variety of soil conditions but notably performs better in slightly alkaline soil pH. The small trees are very cold hardy!

A layer of mulch during the winter will help retain moisture and protect the tree from impending cold temperatures and winds. A regular watering schedule is important the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. A drip line irrigation or tree gator will help with deep waterings.

An annual application of slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball will help protect the tree from pests and diseases like verticillium wilt. It is caused by a fungus that once penetrates the tree is almost impossible to cure.

We do not ship bare root. These trees are rooted in soil. Similar to our flowering dogwoods. You will love this pink to purple flowered tree. Its small stature and spring color will be sure to light up your landscape.

To learn more about how to plant and care for your redbud tree visit our blog; How to Plant a Redbud Tree.

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Botanical Name

Cercis canadensis

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 20-30 ft
Mature Width 25-35 ft
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Showy flowers
  • Early blooms
  • Low maintenance
  • Attractive heart shaped foliage

Shipping Info

Once your Eastern Redbud Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

5 reviews for Eastern Redbud Tree

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  1. Jammie

    Such a beautiful tree. The eastern redbud looks great in my front yard, I found the perfect spot and I am very happy with my purchase

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hey Jammie,

      Thank you very much for the positive review on our eastern redbud. This is a great flowering tree for any yard and will provide elegance and visual appeal. Happy planting!

  2. Rachel

    I love this tree, it was so easy to purchase the tree online from your store and then have it shipped to my house. I was able to contact your team with any questions and it is looking great in my yard. Thanks for the gorgeous tree!

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    • Jaime K (store manager)

      Thank you so much for your order of the Eastern redbud. We are so happy you are pleased with your new tree and hope it found lovely place in your front yard.

  3. Chris Masser (verified owner)

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    The tree I received looks nothing like the above photo or the photo on the website. It is a bare stick (see attached photo) – no branches or leaves. I am hopeful that it is alive and was very disappointed. My first purchase, a magnolia last year, was a good experience.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Chris, Thank you for your order from Perfect Plants and for your feedback on our Eastern Redbud tree. They are deciduous trees that lose their leaves and become bare over winter. It is totally normal for them to be bare until the spring season.

      The best way to tell if it is alive is by performing a scratch test. Simply scratch the trunk of the tree with your nail or a coin. Be sure to go through the first layer of bark. If it is green underneath that means it is alive. Per our plant warranty, if your tree doesn’t come out of dormancy for some reason we can certainly replace it for you free of charge.

      Additionally, I have gone ahead and sent you some complimentary slow release fertilizer to help boost the growth and leaf production this year. Please let me know if you have any questions or if we can help in any other way.

  4. david n. (verified owner)

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    Amazed it arrive in such great shape since it was shipped from Florida to Texas.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi David, thank you for your nice review on our Eastern Redbud tree! Enjoy!

  5. Anonymous (verified owner)

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