Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 10-12'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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Summer's Tower™ Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Summer's Tower' PP25,701

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Stand up straight! Eastern Redbud is normally a rounded ornamental Tree, growing as wide as it is tall. This new selection is distinctive for its impeccable posture. Summer's Tower™ Redbud assumes a proud, upright/vase-like habit. It will probably max out at 25 feet by 12 feet. Its svelte shape and modest size make it invaluable in all sorts of situations. You can plant it by the patio, within a mixed border, in a cozy courtyard, or on either side of a path. Summer's Tower™ is a fast-growing Tree, so you will not have to wait long for it to make an impact. 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 10-12'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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The Story

Redbuds are red-hot! This classic American Tree has been reinvented into all sorts of intriguing colors and forms in recent years, and people can't get enough of them. Summer's Tower™ is a fine new addition to the collection that is especially valued for its unique narrow/upright shape. It was introduced in 2013 by Ray and Cindy Jackson of Jackson's Nursery in Belvidere, Tennessee. The Jacksons let the bees do the work of pollinating some of the Redbuds in their collection, and they sowed the resulting seeds. Summer's Tower™ stood out clearly from the rest. Good job, bees!

The Details

Pluck a Redbud flower the next they're blooming, and take a close look. The blossoms look like tiny hummingbirds! In most areas, hummingbirds arrive too late to enjoy their nectar, though bees and other valuable early-season pollinators will gladly service the flowers. The blooms themselves are edible to humans, and they make a lovely garnish for a fresh spring salad. 

How to Grow

To bring out the most vibrant color in this Tree's namesake foliage, give it a site in full sun. As for water needs, Summer's Tower™ will have some degree of drought tolerance once established, but the leaves will stay healthier-looking if your Tree is irrigated during dry spells and not made to fend for itself. It will not abide 'wet feet', however. Growth is moderate and pruning is seldom necessary, though this Tree responds well to pruning should you choose to shape it or give it a little nip and tuck. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 20-25' Tall
Avg Mature Width 10-12' Wide
Spacing 10-12'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Early Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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