Appalachian Red Redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red'
Mature Height: 15 to 25 ft.
Mature Spread: 15 to 25 ft.
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Looking for a redbud that is red/pink rather than the traditional purple/pink? The Appalachian Red Redbud is another beautiful cultivar of our classic native the Eastern Redbud tree with red blooms. It still has the small, clustering flowers that pop out to decorate the branches in early spring, but the blooms emerge in an attention grabbing red/dark pink with flowers that open a brilliant fuchsia-pink. The contrast between these colors is both novel and eye-popping.
When planted in full sun the redbud will have a more well-rounded, symmetrical tree form which makes it a beautiful specimen tree to highlight a garden or to place beside a patio. The redbud tree can also be planted in partial shade or partial sun which will create a more open, irregular shape as the limbs branch out looking for the sun. This open look, as well as the bright flowers, adds dimension and color to a shaded garden.
|Bloom Color:||Red, dark pink, bright pink|
|Bloom Period:||Early spring|
|Fall Color:||Yellow, orange, copper and gold|
|Foliage Color:||Emerges bright green transitions to dark green in summer|
|Genus & Species:||Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red'|
|Mature Height:||15 to 25 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||15 to 25 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Adaptable, but prefers moist, but well draining soil that is rich in organic matter|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun; Partial sun; Partial shade; Dappled light|
|Zone:||4 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Redbuds are an amazing and varied species of tree. General care and soil requirements are the same, although light and temperature requirements will differ based on cultivar. We sell our redbuds bare-root, we've sold thousands of redbuds this way with few problems, but they will be lightly rooted when you get them. This means your number one priority should be getting the roots established. Do this by planting early in the spring (or fall if you are zone 7a or south) and caring for the tree appropriately with slow release fertilizer and proper water (a moisture meter works wonders).
Most problems with redbuds come from poor site selection. Tougher than a dogwood, a redbud is a hardy tree with few problems when sited properly. It will tolerate full sun or shade can withstand a bit of drought, but will struggle with disease and lack of growth in poor soil.
Redbuds do prefer some shade, afternoon shade is best as morning sun decreases problems with powdery mildew, but most cultivars will grow in full sun without issue. They will not tolerate a site with standing water and prefer well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Soil composition is less important with redbuds than compaction, which happens from heavy equipment, vehicle traffic, mower traffic or even lots of foot traffic. Compacted soil is hard and lacks the natural sponge like structure that redbuds need to grow. A good rule of thumb is that if grass is struggling in an area then redbuds will too. Speaking of grass, grass should be removed in a 2-3 ft. radius around the redbud. Wood mulch should be applied and must be applied to qualify for a refund. Rock leads to extra heating and is as likely to damage your tree as protect it. Finally, redbuds can grow in costal areas, but the salts near the ocean will cause growth issues. They should not be grown south of the Florida pan handle unless your micro-climate specifically sustains existing populations of the tree.
Problems with powdery mildew can occur and if they do we recommend increased airflow and making sure your watering regiment does not wet the leaves. In very wet years or climates this problem can be unavoidable, but try pruning back some of the branches or your redbud to increase airflow. Early spring and after flowering are both suitable times to prune - following directions for proper tree pruning.
Redbud Leaf Roller Caterpillars
Leaf roller caterpillars are small and zebra striped. They will fold, roll, or paste leaves together with silk to create a home. Once again established trees should not be a problem (see below for weeping redbuds), pruning back some of the leaves can improve airflow and access to predators. If you continue to be bothered by them, we suggest stepping back 10 ft. and seeing if they are still a problem. If they are, we prefer the long term solution of creating habitat for predators, birds and tiny parasitic wasps (they don't sting) over the use of pesticides that do more harm than good. Once again eliminating some of the leaf density will give them less high quality real estate, while making them easier for predators to reach. Peeling apart stuck leaves before they receive too much damage is also helpful. We don’t recommend pesticides as these will struggle to reach the leaf rollers caterpillars, simply making them more accessible to predators and using the 10 ft. rule (view the trees from 10 feet away) are the best approaches to dealing with this important food source for birds.
Leaf Cutter Bees
We get a lot of questions about perfectly cut circles and semicircles in redbuds. These are fascinating in their own right, and you may think tiny ancient aliens visited your tree at night. This is the work of the leaf-cutter bee, which is an important native pollinator that uses redbud leaves to make its nests. Once again, living with nature and the 10 ft. rule is the best approach here.
Weeping redbuds are great trees for small spaces, use them in a home landscape for their unique appearance and beautiful qualities. They must be trained to a certain height, so if purchased below the intended size, stake them and tie them with vinyl tape periodically to help them reach the desired size. At 3-4 in height they make an interesting alternative to shrubs, at 6-7 feet they are gorgeous weeping trees.
Powdery mildew and redbud leaf rollers can be a bigger problem for weeping redbuds due to the leaves layering on top of one another that create a lack of airflow and deny access to predators. We recommend periodic pruning of your weeping redbud if you experience either of these issues. Think of it as a haircut and take your time pruning only a small amount and smaller branches if possible. Spring and summer after flowering are both good times to prune.
Nice specimen. Arrived bareroot and is now growing vigorously.
The tree arrived in great condition with a good-sized root ball and lovely, flexible branches with a slight spattering of buds (just perfect for its age)! So happy with the size of it as well—even taller than we expected. Planted it within a couple of days (great idea, New Blooms, to use the paper as a weed block under the mulch), and now Mother Nature's helping us out with some nice rain all week. Thank you for the advice and for sending a nice specimen. ♥
My tree is lovely and happy a couple weeks after planting. It came well packaged and the size that I expected. It’s now sending out leaves.
We ordered 13 trees for a community planting projects. Ordering process was so easy and the customer service was top notch. Trees were delivered and placed in the driveway within a week. GREAT quality and size. Everyone who got a tree has loved them, and we have had no issues with any tree dying. We will definitely be back next spring.