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Hello, Spring! Eastern Redbud is the small, rounded tree you see lighting up forest edges early in the spring with bright splashes of lavender-pink. It’s eye-catching at 55 mph, but if you grow this lovely native ornamental tree at home, you’ll also be able to appreciate the flowers up close. The blooms look like miniature hummingbirds and hug the zigzag stems tightly—sometimes sprouting directly from the trunk! You’ll be able to reach up and grab a few of the edible blossoms from your Eastern Redbud Tree to make a fun and colorful garnish for your salad, too. Multi-Stem Clump-Form Redbud Trees make fine stand-alone specimens in the home landscape, and they are even better in groupings and groves.
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The Eastern Redbud became the state tree of Oklahoma amid much controversy. Just before signing it into law, the governor received a telegram from the president of a women’s club asking him to reconsider. In her letter she informed him that the Eastern Redbud was the same tree mentioned in the Bible that Judas Iscariot hanged himself on after betraying Jesus. Legend has it that this is why the branches are weak—so no one could ever hang themselves on it again. This led to national news reports which stalled the process, until an Israeli native living in Oklahoma stepped forward. He claimed that the Mediterranean tree, known as the “Judas Tree,” had no connection to the American species. The tree was accepted as the state tree in 1937.
Eastern Redbud is celebrated solely for its cheerful spring flowers, but its fall color isn’t too shabby, either. When the frost is on the pumpkin, Redbud’s leaves turn a beautiful clear pineapple-yellow before dropping to expose those charcoal-gray zigzag branches once more.
How to Grow
Eastern Redbud is an adaptable tree that you can plant in sun or shade or anything in between. Growth will be densest and flowering will be most profuse in full sun, but the foliage will be most lush in a bit of shade. Plant your Redbud Tree in well-drained soil, mulch well, and water regularly, especially during the first couple of years of establishment in your landscape. The Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System will ensure that you get it right. Redbuds also appreciate an annual application of a good, balanced fertilizer, such as our Elements™ Organic Fertilizer. Trim out any tip dieback that may occur after a harsh winter, and feel free to remove some of the lower branches to “limb up” your tree and expose more of its attractive orange-brown bark.
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6-8' Tall grown in our #15 tree container this awesome multi stemmed redbud will be a highlight of your landscape.
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