The Rising Sun™ Redbud
Few trees have caused such a commotion in recent years as The Rising Sun™ Redbud, and when you see it, you'll know why! We're excited to offer this small but bold ornamental tree that will bring a tropical feel to your patio, pool, or entryway landscaping. You'll hardly believe this is our humble native Redbud tree seen all over the Eastern U.S. when its large heart-shaped leaves are decked out not in green but in tropical fruit colors of mango, tangerine, lemon, and lime. You won't have to be an early bird to enjoy these sunrise colors! In spring, you'll enjoy the familiar lilac-pink flowers, too.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Spacing: 10-15'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Growing trees from seed is always a fun gamble. The genetic variability within some species is profound, and you never know what might appear. Nurseryman Ray Jackson of Belvidere, Tennessee rolled the dice in 2004 when he sowed an innocent-looking batch of Redbud seeds. When one plant emerged with screaming yellow-orange leaves, he knew he’d hit the jackpot. The new tree made a lot of seasoned gardeners weak in the knees! The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society acknowledged The Rising Sun™ with a Gold Medal Plant Award in 2012.
Simply stunning! The dark lavender blooms won't be the only show-stopping feature of this magnificent tree. Lime green foliage is highlighted by the new golden-orange foliage that emerges - quite a view to behold! The Rising Sun prefers full sun and foliage holds its color without burning. Great to use as a specimen or accent tree in the garden.
How to Grow
Plant this tree in bright sun to bring out the full expression of its peachy-gold new leaves. It’s important to give it plenty of water so that the leaves don’t scorch. However, waterlogged soils spell even more serious trouble for Redbuds, hastening disease. Although The Rising Sun™ prefers steady water, it did survive the horrendous Drought of 2007 that Tennessee experienced when the little tree was just a wee babe, which is remarkable. Trim out any leaves that emerge green from the base of the plant. If left unchecked, they’ll overtake the yellow.
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Size A Trees:
4-5' tall. A well developed young tree grown in our #7 tree container. This awesome tree will brighten up your day as well as your landscape!
Size B Trees:
6-8' tall and very wide branching. Stem/trunk diameter is 1 - 1 1/2". This is a very full and well branched tree when delivered. Fully formed for proper structure. A mature, developed tree. Grown in our #15 tree container.
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