Eastern Redbud: Maryland Native Plant That Thrives

Crecis canadensis

LGS Notes: Eastern redbud is a small tree that is ideal for sunny lawns to attract bees, birds, and butterflies to their pink spring flowers.  They are also deer resistant and tolerant of clay soil. We use redbud a lot in residential landscaping because they are a great, smaller ornamental tree. They are one of the first trees to bloom in the spring which is always a pleasure to see after a long winter. These trees work well in rain gardens and conservation landscapes. I like to plant them in 3s or interspersed with flowering dogwood– another great small ornamental spring blooming tree. Many bees, butterflies and birds are attracted to redbud so it’s a great option to support your local wildlife.

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Latin name: Cercis canadensis
Common name: Eastern redbud
Type: Tree
Family: Fabaceae
Native Range: North and Central America
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Spread: 25.00 to 35.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Street Tree, Flowering
Tree, Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut
Information from Missouri Botanical

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