Appalachian Red Redbud
Shipping Spring of 2022
Finally, a Redbud tree with red buds! Most of the native Redbuds you see along the roadsides and forest edges in spring have pinkish-purple buds and lavender-pink flowers, but Appalachian Red Redbud sports truly red buds and Day-Glo pink flowers. Planted against a white background, such as a white house or fence or a white-flowering tree like Spring Snow Crabapple, the vivid pink color really sings. This small- to medium-sized ornamental tree forms an arching canopy that provides a sheltered nook perfect for a cozy chair and a good book. This is a great tree for our valuable pollinators, and its hot pink flowers are edible for humans, too. They make fabulous salad toppers!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Spacing: 15-20'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Sometimes new plants are right under our noses, if only we are observant enough to notice. While driving one day in his home state of Maryland, the late Dr. Max Byrkit spied a Redbud by the road that stood out, blooming in a vivid pink color. Because of his sharp eye, Appalachian Red was born. Dr. Byrkit wasn’t a “Doctor”of Horticulture, but an MD—with an incurable obsession for plants. Though an amateur horticulturist, his passion for plants was profound. It’s said his garden housed 10,000 Rhododendrons!
Need something a little different? Try an Appalachian Red! Fuchsia-pink to red pea-like flowers appear in early spring before foliage. And the heart-shaped leaves are dark blue-green in summer turning yellow in fall. A great choice as a specimen plant or in mass plantings!
How to Grow
Redbuds are practically impossible to root from cuttings, so named selections are grafted onto seedling “understock.” What this means is that you should cut off any suckers coming up from the base. Those branches’ flowers will not be the fluorescent pink of Appalachian Red, but Plain-Jane lilac-pink. Otherwise, Appalachian Red is as straight-forward to grow as any other Redbud. Dappled shade is best, but full sun is OK, too. Give plenty of water at the outset, but not so much that the ground stays soggy. And enjoy!
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Size C Trees:
8-10' Tall, shipped balled and burlapped. Wide branching, strong structure, and pruned from a young age to develop great featured branching and form.
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