• George R. Lee

Redbud Trees in the Landscape


Growing a redbud tree is a great way to add brilliant color to just about any landscape. In addition, the care of redbud trees is easy.


Cercis canadensis (redbud) is a member of the bean family and is known as a Judas tree. This tree is an attractive ornamental tree that is native to the eastern part of the United States. It grows well in zones 4-8.


Mauve-pink blossoms greet the spring, lasting for 2-4 weeks. Leaves are heart-shaped with long stems. Redbuds are not a large tree, with an average height of 15-20ft and a mature width of about 15-18ft (on average).


How to Take Care of A Redbud Tree

Rebbuds require minimal care. When possible perform any deadwood pruning, thinning or shaping in late summer or fall. Keep the soil a little moist but not saturated. It likes a little drink now and then but doesn’t do well in a heavy, clay-saturated environment.


Some Pest To Be Aware Of

Occasionally redbuds suffer from canker problems or battle with tree borers. Other key pest include oleander scale, greedy scale, terrapin scale and leaf folders. The good news is, if you apply the right treatment at the right time, you should be able to reduce any pest damage rather quickly. Be sure to obtain a proper diagnosis before applying any treatment. If in doubt contact a professional and certified arborist for help.


Fertilizing Redbud Trees

Fertilize your redbud tree in the spring when ever possible. Apply a slow release formula using a balanced NPK such as 10-10-10 granular.


Location is key for redbuds to grow healthy and to produce their wonderful spring colors. Redbuds grow best in partial shade. However they produce more blossoms when exposed to more sunlight. Six to eight hours of sun per day is just about right to get the biggest and best show piece from your redbud tree.


Common Sense Care

A light water during those hot dry days, a little mulch around the bottom, cut out the deadwood, watch for pest, sprinkle a littler fertilizer and sit back and enjoy the colors of nature at its finest.


Want to plant a redbud tree or need help caring for your current one? Call the professionals at Branch Tree Service. We’re always just a phone call away!