The leaves are the most amazing feature of the Rising Sun™ Redbud. From spring to fall this tree will add eye-popping multi-color foliage to your home or garden. Starting at the trunk of the tree and moving outward the leaves of this tree transition from dark green, to pale green, to yellow, to bronze orange. This cascade of color provides captivating depth to the already gorgeous heart-shaped redbud leaves. It will also produce the classic redbud flowers of purple, pink that cluster along the branches in early spring.
Rising sun was discovered by one of Ray and Cindy Jackson of Jackson Nursery, who also discovered the Ragin' Red Dogwood and Blue Ray Kousa, in 2006. Since then it has become one of the most popular landscape trees in North America thanks to it's excellent coloration and resistance to drought, heat and sun scorch.
Over the last couple years we've been experimenting with Rising Sun. We have some in the yard and at the nursery. The small stature allows it to be useful in both border gardens/flower beds and also as a specimen planting on it's own. We find that planting them in bunches of three makes for a stunning flower bed that can be accented deep-green hostas, perennials, grasses or ferns depending on the lighting situation. Since the foliage on the rising sun features many colors we suggest pairing with non-variegated deep greens, purples or pinks along with hardscaping and a dark color mulch to provide a consistent base and let the Rising Sun shine. The Rising Sun is a native cultivar, and pairs well with other native perennials when the goal is a native North American garden.
In our experience we find that Rising Sun does well in both full sun and partial sun. Too much shade can reduce the range of color, so make sure you are getting at least 6 hours of sunlight when you plant to ensure the best appearance. Proper fertilization is also important. The more new growth on the tree the more color you will see - you can find more information about how to plant and fertilize on the tab labeled "Care" below.
|Bloom Period:||Early spring|
|Fall Color:||Yellow, with shades of green and orange|
|Foliage Color:||New growth emerges orange and transitions from yellow to green|
|Genus & Species:||Cercis canadensis The Rising Sun (‘JNJ’)|
|Mature Height:||10 to 12 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||10 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Adaptable to many soil types, including wet soil, but prefers moist, but well draining soil that is rich in organic matter|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun, partial sun, partial shade|
|Zone:||5 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Rising Sun™ Redbud
Soil quality and how to plant the Rising Sun Redbud
The Rising Sun, like most redbud trees prefers consistently moist soil that is rich in organic matter, but can do well in a wide range of soils. Soil compaction will restrict growth and should be addressed by digging as large a hole as possible. We recommend a minimum of 3x3 ft. and digging at least 18 inches deep to break up the soil. Remove the grass, but retain as much of the original soil from the grass clumps as possible. A higher quality soil can be supplemented, but use no more than a 30% new to 70% original soil ratio. Too much new soil can cause water to pool in the hole, which will drown and kill the plant. With redbuds, mulching is extremely important (especially in the early years) as it suppresses grass and weeds, retains moisture, improves soil quality and reduces the chances of compaction from foot or mower traffic. For more specific details on how to plant see our guide.When to fertilize the Rising Sun Redbud
The Rising Sun depends on new growth for it to maintain it's spectacular appearance, so fertilizer is recommended for optimal growth. A soil test is recommend for accurate fertilization, but a general NPK + micronutrients slow release fertilizer will cover the basis if a test is not performed. We recommend a 10-11 month slow release fertilizer be applied each year as a top dress in the mulch around the growing area. Apply this fertilizer prior to spring, so that the tree has access to nutrients in the spring and fall growing periods.How and when to prune the Rising Sun Redbud
Pruning can be a challenge for new gardeners, so unless you are experienced, we recommend limiting pruning to a few branches each season. Pruning can be done during the winter months, but will rob you of the newest blooms. Pruning can also be done in late spring, after the blooms fade. Try to focus on branches that cross into the tree or create a steep V as these can create rubs, restrain growth on the central leader, and lead to breakage. Prune branches that are lower to the the ground to allow for space under the tree for mowing and and a more tree-like appearance. Most redbuds will grow shoots around the base of the tree, trim these back as low to the ground as possible each season. I've seen shoots grow almost to the size of a small tree within a few months, so get them as early as you can. When pruning take care to prune branches when they are as small as possible and take no more than 1/3 of the branches from a tree in one season.
Fabulous nursery! I ordered a Rising Sun Redbud tree for planting in coastal Florida Zone 9. It came well packed and very healthy and bare-branched the first week in February. Now it's full of gorgeous leaves. It will be so beautiful outside my kitchen window. Thank you so much, Travis!