eastern redbud - Fabaceae Cercis canadensis

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Taxonomy

FamilyFabaceae
GenusCercis
Speciescanadensis
Common Nameeastern redbud
iTree CodeCECA4

Plant Form

FormSmall tree or shrub: often multi-stemmed
Height25 feet
Spread30 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliageheart-shaped with smooth edge (entire margin), 3-5" long/wideLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barksmooth gray when young, red/brown & scaly/platy when mature
Budterminal bud lacking; small lateral buds reddish small with overlapping scales (imbricate), held tight to branch, often in pairs;Bud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigslender, red/gray, zig-zag pattern
Flowerpink small, in groups held tight to twig; on older twigs; male and female organs on same flower (perfect)
Fruitsmall pod, legume; starts green, turns brown when mature
Fall Coloryellow, yellow-green

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3bMin5.0SoilIntolerant
Max9aMax7.9SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
TolerantHighNo

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginCanada, United States, Mexico
Previous FamilyCaesalpiniaceae
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