Cercis canadensis

eastern redbud

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 25-30 ft    Width: 25-35 ft
Flower Color: flower color      pink
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Moderate-sized specimen tree.
Considerations: At the extreme south end of its range, it may not bloom well. The wood is weak and is likely to break off during a high wind event unless grouped with other trees and shrubs.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: best if neutral to somewhat calcareous


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Popular with bees. Larval host for Henry's elfin (Callophrys henrici) and io moth (Automeris io).
Native Habitats: Upland hardwood forests. Bluffs, hammocks, secondary woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Flowers and young pods are edible.

Other Comments:

Bloom can be long lasting relative to other early spring blooming trees -- as long as a month. Duration is dependent on temperature. Flowers grow directly from the trunk.