In Bloom: Easy, Elegant Redbud

In the quiet season before the roses but after the camellias, redbuds zoom into bloom. Tall shrubs or moderate-sized trees with pretty heart-shaped leaves, these are ideal for tight spots such as smaller front yards, courtyards, or in a bed or border where you want a bright burst of spring color. Most have gloriously colorful fall foliage, too.

You’ll see these in flower all over town this month…why not join the party!

Here are a few we recommend.

Forest Pansy Redbud

What: Rosy-pink flowers bridge the gap between winter and spring. Zone: 5 – 9

When: Early spring

Best Feature: Useful size (20 ft. tall and wide)

Oklahoma Redbud

What: Petite purple-red flowers on bare branches. Zone: 6 – 9

When: Early spring

Best Feature: New foliage has soft-pink tint, maturing to rich green through summer.

Avondale Redbud

What: One of the most profuse flowering of all redbuds. Zone: 5 – 9

When: Early spring

Best Feature: Smaller size for corners and containers.

Claremont Western Redbud

What:  Loads of dark pink blooms and blue-green leaves. Zone: 6 – 9

When: Late winter/early spring

Best Feature: Ideal small tree for minimal-care landscapes.

Little Woody Redbud

What: Graceful, compact tree with a vase-shaped canopy. Clusters of purple, sweet pea-like blooms. Zone: 5 – 9

When: Early to mid-spring

Best Feature: Small size (to 10 ft.) is ideal for a border.

Keeping Redbud Happy

  • Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
  • Watering can be reduced after establishment.
  • Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
  • Pruning time: winter.

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