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Audubon® Eastern Redbud
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Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- - Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- - Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
When the Redbuds are in bloom, that’s your cue to keep an eye out for the first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds returning north. Their first sip of nectar in your garden could be from your own Eastern Redbud tree. This beloved native understory tree is a fine one to include in your backyard bird space. Besides early hummingbirds, it also feeds songbirds, which eat the seeds as well as the insects they find feeding on the leaves and flowers. Eastern Redbud is a great tree to hang a bird feeder in, too. The backdrop of rosy-purple flowers will give you some fantastic photo ops!
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- - The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- - This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- - Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- - Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- - Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Spacing: 15-30'
- Exposure: Sun/part shade
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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 the national woman’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 species, known as the “Judas Tree”, had no connection to the Eastern variety. The tree was accepted as the states tree in 1937.
This delightful native tree is sure to bring a smile to your face! Bright purplish-pink pea-like flowers cover branches in April before leaves appear. The heart-shaped leaves on Eastern Redbuds are deep green through summer, turning yellow in fall. A perfect addition to a woodland setting, a nice component for your very own naturalizing project or just a beautiful tree for your beautiful garden - no matter where you use it, you're gonna love it!
How to Grow
Eastern Redbuds are beautiful woodland-like trees and they are incredibly easy to grow. This is the only tree that flowers on their bark. This means that the vibrant pinkish-purple blooms will appear on their trunk as well as on their branches. They bloom in April and their floral display is like no other flowering tree! In some instances of extreme winters they will get tip dieback. Do not get discouraged! Just be patient – the tree will bloom and leaves will appear in May. Eastern Redbuds will do well in slightly shaded areas. They both require keeping the soil moist (not too wet) after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities. Redbuds like fertilizer! During fall, give your Redbud a high rate dose of fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years. Eastern Redbuds have no major insect or disease problems – and that’s always a plus! Redbuds occasionally sprout “suckers” around the base of the tree, as they appear be sure to prune them off. But when it comes to pruning the branches of your Redbud – don’t be afraid! They are so easy to prune – prune to whatever shape you like. If you don’t want to touch it – that’s fine. If you want to cut everything off except two branches that look like rabbit ears – that’s fine too (although you might get some weird looks from the neighbors – and your family).
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