Growing Facts and Caring for Redbud Trees (Cercis
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Redbuds are a common native tree in zones 6-9. Tolerant to a wide range of soil conditions. They prefer well drained soils and can be found growing in rocky ledges and hillsides.
An early spring bloomer, with profuse flowers emerging well before foliage, Redbud trees are extremely colorful and get well noticed in any landscape.
Redbud trees are available in many different colors and sizes. One of the smallest varieties Don Egolf can be easily maintined to a height about 6-8ft. Avondale is possibly the most profuse bloomer with florets covering entire branches. Silver Cloud has green leaves dappled with silvery white speckles. Burgandy Hearts and Forest Pansy have rich purple maroon foliage. Hearts of Gold is a new variety with brilliant golden leaves. Texas Whitebud and Shirobana both have pure white flowers.
Pests and Diseases Aphids are the most common pests to Redbuds. Although recent reports of Ambrosia beetles(borers) have been found to effect older and larger caliper Redbud trees. Leafrollers can also be found feeding on the leaves.
The main diseases affecting Redbuds are canker and verticillium wilt. neither are wide spread diseases.
Oklahoma Redbud is one of the most desirable varieties of Redbud. It has deep colored, wine-red blooms and rounded, glossy leaves. Grows denser than most Redbuds. Excellent for grouping.
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Lavender Twist⁜ is an amazing plant originally found in Westfield, New York. In spring clusters of magenta buds open to rosy-pink flowers born on branches that are both pendulous and weeping. Zigzaging branches form a cascading fall of rich green heart shaped leaves. Fall foliage is golden yellow. Perfectly suited as a specimen, or garden feature plant.
Eastern Redbud is usually a small tree with the trunk divided close to the ground forming a spreading, flat topped to rounded crown, it is very beautiful with its gracefully ascending branches. New growth when emerging is a reddish purple and gradually changes to a dark, often somewhat spectacular green in summer. Fall color is usually yellow-green, but can be an outstanding yellow. Clusters of flowers, rosy pink with purplish tinge, line the branches in the spring.
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Forest Pansy Redbud is unique with its intensely colored reddish-purple heart-shaped leaves in the spring that become a deep reddish green in the summer. The flowers (which precede the leaves) have a darker rose-purple color than the straight species, as one would expect from a plant with so much pigmentation. A highly desirable spring flowering tree.
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Burgundy Hearts Redbud ⁜ This new Redbud selection from Greenleaf Nursery has new growth that emerges as shimmering red-purple heart-shaped leaves. Showy pink-lavender flowers appear before the leaves in spring. Older shaded foliage may revert to green during the season.
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Hearts of Gold Redbud hardly needs a description as its big, beautiful golden heart-shaped leaves sell themselves. But we could point out that the lavender red flowers in the spring are effective as they are plentiful in each cluster and that the growing tips in the spring take on an orange/red tone which makes a nice contrast to the older, chartreuse-colored leaves. It is also noteworthy that although this plant is predominately yellow in leaf it is not at all lacking in vigor! One's imagination can run wild with the landscape possibilities of this great new plant.
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Joys Pride Redbud boasts decorative, eggplant colored seed pods that last well into the winter months. Dark lavender-pink blooms appear before the dark green, heart shaped leaves in spring.
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Silver Cloud Redbud was introduced by Theodore Klein, this redbud shows a pronounced variegation pattern on its foliage. Its leaves are speckled with a creamy white, and blossoms pink flowers in Spring.
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Texas Whitebud Discovered in Texas, this compact growing, drought tolerant tree produces clusters of thickly packed clean white flowers. This subspecies is better adapted to drier areas that straight C. canadensis. Overall, the habit is more compact than that of your typical Eastern Redbud and the best part is its high-gloss, dark green leaves with their characteristic wavy margins.
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Avondale Redbud is the most showy of all the redbuds, this selection from Dunkin & Davies in New Zealand produces fantastic deep purple flowers along its branches and even on the main trunk. Grown as a single stem or multi-stemmed tree, it flowers at an early age. In early spring blooming can easily stop traffic, it is so stunning.
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Don Egolf Redbud is somewhat more compact in growth habit (9' tall by 9.5' wide in 15 years) than Avondale or seedling Chinese Redbuds. When in flower it really is a sight to behold, with its bright pink flowers so tightly packed on the stems as to obscure the bark. The floral display is all the more impressive because you'll find flowers solid from the branches all the way to the ground. The plant in full flower actually looks a lot like a pinata done in shrub-form. We must not fail to mention that this variety is also completely sterile, so there is no need to worry about reseeding or untidy pods hanging-on all winter.
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Shirobana Redbud has densely packed clusters of flowers,infact they are so densely packed on the stems as to obscure sections of the branches when in full bloom. Of course the major difference is their special pure white color. Alba therefore makes quite a statement when in full bloom in the spring. Shirobana Redbud grows well as large shrub or small multi-stemmed tree.
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Rising Sun™ Redbud A peachy keen new introduction is destined to light up the landscape with appealing, peach colored heart-shaped leaves. This durable native small tree contributes brilliant, golden tangerine colored, heart-shaped foliage all summer with no burning, even in full sun.
The Rising Sun⁜ is a vigorous grower with a full, rounded shape and stylishly holds its color into autumn. A third season of interest is provided in early spring by sweet pea-type flowers, rosy orchid in color. The flowers appear before the foliage in spring and are attractive to bees and butterflies. New foliage is a bright rosy-apricot; even the bark is a smooth tan with a yellowish cast, distinctive form other Redbuds.
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