The Redbud Trees are small to medium-sized deciduous (lose leaves in winter) trees that bloom in early spring. The majority of them grow about 15-30 ft. tall which makes them a great candidate for a small backyard or patio. They produce small finger-like deep dark lavender blooms that will eventually turn into a heart-shaped leaf.
Redbud trees can tolerate poor soil but will grow and do better if you plant them in good soil. A good organic type of soil will work great. Types of Redbud trees are Oklahoma, Mexican, Eastern, and the Western Varieties.
Redbud Trees Need Water
Keep well them well watered during the first 2-3 years after initial planting. Fertilize with a good all-purpose tree fertilizer. An analysis of 19-8-10 will work well. Check for aphids and borer damage when the tree starts to leaf out.
Below is full grown majestic Eastern Redbud surrounded by trees and grass. Gorgeous long sweeping branches with dark lavender blooms in mid-spring.
The Redbud tree during mid-summer. Nice green heart-shaped leaf.
The Western Redbud tree blooms below.
Types of Redbud Trees
Eastern Redbud – Cercis canadensis
Is a moderate grower 30 to 35 ft. tall and wide. It does need at least moderate watering, especially during the hot mid-summer heat. Plant them in full sun for bright lavender blooms in mid-spring. They can tolerate partial shade but will not bloom as often.
Mexican Redbud – Cercis canadensis var. mexicana
More drought tolerant and shorter than the Eastern redbud. It grows about 15 to 20 ft. tall and the foliage will turn a nice glossy green color. A great tree for a small to medium sized backyard. A very showy autumn foliage that turns a bright gold color.
Oklahoma Redbud – Cercis canadensis var. texensis ‘Oklahoma’
Grows about 15 to 20 ft. tall within time. Bright small dark purple flowers in early spring. It will lose its leaves in late October or early November depending on when the first freeze arrives. It thrives in full hot sun but needs extra watering during the summer months.
Western Redbud – Cercis occidentalis ‘Claremont’
This redbud tree will grow to about 15 ft. tall and about 20 ft. wide. It is drought tolerant once it becomes established usually about the 3rd or 4th year. It will lose its leaves during the winter months the foliage color is the same foliage as the Oklahoma redbud.
The Redbud Trees
There are a lot more redbud trees that you can use for landscape purposes. Many are small about 10-12 tall. Check them out over at Monrovia.com.
The Redbud tree is a good tree for the southwest. Here are more trees that do well in and around the southwest area. Trees for the southwest.
Paul Guzman – General Manager of Guzman’s Greenhouse. Gardener, Husband, Father and Grandfather. Webmaster of Guzmansgreenhouse.com