Eastern Redbud (Columbus Strain)

Product Code: redbu

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
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A rare find! This is a very attractive shrub or can act as a small tree. The branches are covered with masses of small, florescent lavender flowers around early spring (April) before the leaves appear. The leaves are heart shaped and dark green. This tree is sited best away from prevailing winds. It was grown from McKay's own seed source originally from the oldest trees in Columbus, Wisconsin. All or our plants are grown as multiple stem shrub form plants that can be left branched close to the ground, or can be limbed up to create a nice micro climate for shade loving perennials or other ground cover beneath. This tree can experience some die-back if planted north of the Madison, Wisconsin area. Hardiness zone 4. Mature size is around 12-20' tall x 15-18' wide.

Planting & Care for Trees – Eastern Redbud

Preparation

  • This is a very attractive shrub or can act as a small tree.
  • The branches are covered with masses of small, florescent lavender flowers around early spring (April) before the leaves appear.
  • This tree is sited best away from prevailing winds.
  • It was grown from McKay's own seed source originally from the oldest trees in Columbus, Wisconsin.
  • This tree can experience some die-back if planted north of the Madison, Wisconsin area.
  • Hardiness zone 4.
  • Mature size is around 12-20' tall x 15-18' wide.
  • Use in the landscape as a corner specimen plant, with southeast exposure. You can feather out from a woodland area as well!
  • They like filtered, dappled sunlight. Definitely do not plant in direct sunlight.
  • Well-drained, cool, moist soil is best with a good layer of mulch over the top.  
  • Low maintenance plant to grow.

Opening Plant Material

  • B&B - Soak root ball very well.
  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, remove. Now you’re ready to plant.
  • Each type of plant has an illustration on how to plant if you scroll down and click on the orange rectangular box “Handling & Plant Guidelines”.

Planting B&B trees

  • Plant B&B trees in spring or fall. A good indicator if you can still plant is if the ground is still workable you’re good to go. If a hard frost is expected be sure to hold off on planting.
  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and no deeper than the size of the ball on the plant. Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move trees by the tops.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Backfill ½ of the hole with soil and completely saturate the soil with water.
  • Once the tree is straight and located as desired, cut and remove twine. Then, remove or bend back top ⅓ of metal basket. Lastly, remove exposed burlap from top of ball
  • Fill the hole to the top of the ball with soil, then soak well with water and let settle.
  • The top of the root ball should be visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Add mulch on top of soil making sure to not put mulch against the trunk or stems.
  • See our link below “Handling & Planting Guidelines” for illustrations on planting.

Planting containers

  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, making sure it’s wider on the sides
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting

  • B&B & containers - Although it is not essential for B&B or containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Prune in a dormant state (late winter) when there are no flowers or leaves on the plant.
  • Branches that are crossing, growing in the wrong direction or that make the interior of the tree too crowded should be removed.
  • All or our plants are grown as multiple stem shrub form plants that can be left branched close to the ground, or can be limbed up to create a nice micro climate for shade loving perennials or other ground cover beneath.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Redbud Trees

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • A rare find! This is a very attractive shrub or can act as a small tree.
  • The branches are covered with masses of small, florescent lavender flowers around early spring (April) before the leaves appear.
  • Slight yellow fall color
  • The leaves are heart shaped and dark green.
  • This tree is sited best away from prevailing winds.
  • It was grown from McKay's own seed source originally from the oldest trees in Columbus, Wisconsin.
  • All or our plants are grown as multiple stem shrub form plants that can be left branched close to the ground, or can be limbed up to create a nice micro climate for shade loving perennials or other ground cover beneath.
  • This tree can experience some die-back if planted north of the Madison, Wisconsin area.
  • Hardiness zone 4.
  • Mature size is around 12-20' tall x 15-18' wide.
  • Can be transplanted every easily.
  • Use in the landscape as a corner specimen plant, with southeast exposure. You can feather out from a woodland area as well!
  • They like filtered, dappled sunlight. Definitely do not plant in direct sunlight.
  • Well-drained, cool, moist soil is best with a good layer of mulch over the top.  
  • Low maintenance plant to grow.
  • Prune in a dormant state (late winter) when there are no flowers or leaves on the plant. 

How & When to Prune Trees

 

More About our Eastern Redbud Tree

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 4-9

Bloom Time: April
Color: Green, Pink, Purple, Yellow
Plant Size: 12-20' tall x 15-18' wide
Flower Color: Florescent lavender
Fall Color: Yellow
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: No
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: Yes

Product Reviews

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From Tiny to Tree in Two Years
By Step on August 15, 2017
I ordered a fairly small Redbud two years ago, planted it in a corner of my yard, and protected it with a burlap wrap for the first two winters. It repaid me this year by bursting into a rapid growth period, transforming itself from a tiny little thing into an actual TREE that I had to relocate this summer to give it more room to grow. The single trunk is really nice, because it will eventually become a key feature in that part of our garden, which boasts both lovely, large leaves and pretty pink flowers. Do not be afraid to buy a small plant to start. You will soon be rewarded with a hale and hardy Redbud tree.

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