Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud Eastern Redbud is an outstanding small tree, both for eyepopping color in spring and low maintenance. Most of the year it's dense with heart shaped leaves. In early spring, clusters of magenta blossom
Imagine a shrub that rarely gets taller than 8 feet, blooms prolifically in the spring, has small leaves (no need to rake!), provides nice seed pods in winter for the birds to feast upon, and which fertilizes the soil for it's neighbors. Such a deal! If you buy Redbud in large garden stores, make sure they are our native Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis), not Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis).