Redbud Is A Great Native Tree

Redbuds bloom for several weeks this time of the year

Redbuds bloom for several weeks this time of the year.

A great use of Redbud, which is a small tree, to fill this corner

A great use of Redbud, which is a small tree, is to fill this corner.

Traveling along roads and interstates around Birmingham, surrounded by woods, you have probably seen something with magenta flowers. You have enjoyed the spring beauty of Redbud. This native small tree blooms up and down its stems and is a great spring accent tree in some gardens. Now the native Redbud (Cercis canadensis) also has several selections, including a white flowering selection that is elegant. This deciduous tree is easy to grow and can get up to around 20 feet tall but can take pruning, so it can be contained at a smaller size. It also has heart shaped foliage during the growing season and can give limited shade. In nature you usually see it growing along the edge of the woods, so it can take part shade to full sun and can be grown as a multi-stem small tree or a single trunk small tree. Here is a good thing. It is not very particular about soils, so it can be grown in all types of conditions. What is the drawback? Seeds! These trees produce lots of pea-like seed pods that can produce lots of seedings if they are not raked up. Beside that, it is a tree most of us can enjoy in our landscapes.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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