Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red'

Appalachian Red Redbud


Appalachian Red Redbud is a small popular native deciduous tree with multiple trunks and a rounded crown.  Papery heart shaped dark blue-green foliage turns yellow in fall.  The heavy profusion of small fuschia pink to red flowers contrast starkly against the bare near-black bark in early spring attracting butterflies.  Following the flowers are bean-like seed pods that mature in summer and can persist until winter.  Prefers partial sun and rich well-drained soils with consistent moisture.  Tolerates deer and Black Walnuts.

Cercis canadensis is an important host for the Henry's Elfin Butterfly and supports a specialized bee- the Southeast Blueberry Bee.  Its nectar is an early food source for several butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.  The seedpods are enjoyed by birds and wildlife. 




15’ - 25’


15’ - 25’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 9


Full SunPart Sun

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Season of Interest: 

SpringFall, Year-Long

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Canker can be a significant disease problem. Various diseases and pests and be prevented with regular watering and pruning of dead branches. Does not transplant well, plant when young and leave undisturbed.

LANDSCAPE USES: Specimen or mass plantings, BordersNaturalized AreasWoodland Garden, Wildlife GardensScreeningShade Tree, and Street Tree. 

COMPANION PLANTS: MahoniaHydrangeaWitch Hazel

IMAGES: Photo by David J. Stang, Cercis canadensis Appalachian Red 1zzCC BY-SA 4.0, (2) Photo by cultivar413160430 067 The High Line, (3) Famartin2021-04-13 18 14 27 Flowers on an Eastern Redbud within Horsepen Run Stream Valley Park in Oak Hill, Fairfax County, VirginiaCC BY-SA 4.0, (4) Photo by David J. Stang, Cercis canadensis Appalachian Red 0zzCC BY-SA 4.0, (5) Photo by David J. Stang, Cercis canadensis Appalachian Red 4zzCC BY-SA 4.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.