In the quiet season before the roses but after the camellias, redbuds zoom into bloom. Tall shrubs or moderate-sized trees with pretty heart-shaped leaves are ideal for tight spots. For instance, smaller front yards, courtyards, or in a bed or border where you want a burst of spring color. Most have gloriously colorful fall foliage, too.
You’ll see these in flower all over town this month…why not join the party!
Here are a few we recommend.
What: Graceful, compact tree with a vase-shaped canopy. Clusters of purple, sweet pea-like blooms. Zone: 5 – 9
When: Early to mid-spring
Best Feature: Small size (to 10 ft.) is ideal for a border.
Keeping Redbud Happy
- Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
- Watering can be reduced after establishment.
- Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
- Pruning time: winter.