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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, grown from a twig bought at a discount nursery, finally bloomed after about five years in our garden! In the meantime, I've been trying to grow other varieties from seed, and this year got a small crop of 'Royal White' saplings that I hope to coax through their first season unscathed.

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

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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

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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)

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