The Eastern Redbud tree, Cercis canadensia has been a favorite of mine since kindergarten. In the early 1950’s our school sold Redbud trees to help a school fundraiser. They were $ .25 each, and we sold 100’s of trees. Each spring I recall that time of my life and smile a little when I see rosy wafts of color in the still stark woods in Southwest Ohio. Along roads and streams the native redbud probably was not all attributed to my kindergarten class, but I like to think I had a little hand in this hopeful sign of spring.
The Redbud is a short lived tree that is grown in Zones 4 – 9, and when we bought this property, we had four redbuds that had outlived their beauty. As I have documented in past posts, we have also had to remove pines, mulberry, ash, and blue spruce. So with this blank slate, we headed to the garden center to get a Redbud ,’Forest Pansy.’
|Redbud, 'Forest Pansy'|
The tree we finally brought home is a variety called ‘Solar Eclipse’. The variegated green and cream leaf really caught my eye.
This cold hardy tree in Zone 4, had pink-lavender blooms on the stems before leaves appear. The leaves are emerging as a fresh golden orange. This tree will stay small with a mature height of about 12 feet tall.
|Blooms of Redbud, 'Solar Eclipse'|
|New Home for my 'Solar Eclipse'|
Several varieties of weeping Redbuds that are available are ‘Ruby Falls’, ‘Cascading Hearts’, ‘Lavender Twist’.
|Redbud, 'Ruby Falls'|
|Redbud, 'Cascading Hearts'|
|Redbud, 'Lavender Twist'|
‘Cascading Hearts’ is another weeping Redbud that will get about 15’ tall also with pendulous branches that are flexible and have a fuller weeping form. This Redbud has great fall foliage of orange and red.
‘Lavender Twist’ is an eastern Redbud in a weeping form and has zigzagging branches that mound to a mature height of 6’ to 8’ tall.
|Redbud, 'Rising Sun'|
‘Rising Sun’ really caught my eye since it’s spring foliage emerges with hints of orange and apricot. Flowers of pink, ‘Rising Sun’ matures at about 15 feet.
|Redbud, 'Burgundy Hearts'|
‘Don Egolf’ will be a popular variety in my opinion. It is a slow grower with dark green foliage, that emerges after vivid, rosy-mauve blooms. This trees is sterile and does not produce seed or unsightly pods, and is not invasive. It is compact in size and can tolerate most any type soil. This variety is a Chinese Redbud, Cercis chingii.
|Chinese Redbud, 'Don Egolf'|
|'Hearts of Gold'|
|Redbud 'Royal White'|
|'Redbud, 'Appalachian Red'|
Other popular Redbud varieties are 'Pink Charm', 'Pinkbud', 'Silver Cloud', and "Flame'. No matter what variety of Redbud you choose, I believe you will have hope and a smile that spring is truly here when these beauties bloom. Arbor Day is April 27, 2013. Let’s celebrate trees and plant a tree or three.