Rob's plants
home garden plants wildlife seed photos
plant sale journal topics plantlinks fun guestbook

Cercis canadensis

Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud
Common name Eastern redbud
Family fabaceae
Life cycle tree
Flowers various colors, spring
Light full sun-part shade
From seed scarify with sandpaper. 8 weeks cold, germinates at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Our original tree in Pennsylvania, grown from a twig bought at a discount nursery, took five years to get around to blooming, but was a steady performer for many years to follow. I also managed to start several plants from seed, including white-flowered varieties, but didn't get to see their flowers. Several years after moving to Texas, and missing our redbud, I decided to acquire a new tree, this one of the texensis subspecies that should do well in our steamy climate. It is once again a tiny tree, so I'm prepared to wait a while for flowers.

Cercis canadensis
The buds that give the tree its name. Quite a sleek look, on the bare branches
Eastern redbud
Suddenly, after ten years in the garden, it decides to make seedpods. They look empty, though
Cercis canadensis
Our Texas specimen was attacked (by leafcutter bees, I figure) soon after planting. Luckily, it took the onslaught in stride.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

About my plant portraits
PlantLinks to other web pages about Cercis canadensis

Visitors to this page have left the following comments

Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from trade: 'Lavender Twist'.
    batch A: 7 wks warm, 8 wks cold, no germination upon returning to warm.
    batch B:scarify w sandpaper, no germination at 70F
  2. Seed from trade: 'Royal White'. scarified w sandpaper, baggy 35F (8w)-70F (90%G, 5d)

I welcome comments about my web pages; feel free to use the form below to leave feedback about this particular page. For the benefit of other visitors to these pages, I will list any relevant comments you leave, and if appropriate, I will update my page to correct mis-information. Faced with an ever-increasing onslaught of spam, I'm forced to discard any comments including html markups. Please submit your comment as plain text. If you have a comment about the website as a whole, please leave it in my guestbook. If you have a question that needs a personal response, please e-mail me.

Your name

Your comments