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Native alternative(s) for Cercis racemosa:
Cercis canadensis tree form with pink blooms
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Cornus kousa Cornus kousa
Cornus controversa Cornus controversa
Aesculus pavia Photo of Aesculus pavia flowers

Cercis racemosa

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
SER-sis ray-see-MO-suh
Description

This Asian Redbud is distinct from any other Redbuds in having long racemes of flowers which can be up to 4″ long and contain upwards of 40 pale pink to lavender flowers. Easily grown in any rich, well-drained soil in a sunny to a partially shaded spot. The flowers provide nectar for bees and once pollinated, form leguminous pods, the seed can be consumed by birds. Trees will grow to about 25′ tall and wide and tend to have a very open habit. The foliage is the typical heart shape of the rest of the genus. Grow this plant in full sun to part shade in moist soils. It is best adapted to warmer climates.

Please consider planting native Redbuds!

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: This tree can suffer from damage caused by deer.  

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#sun#deciduous#birds#small tree#partial shade#shrub#wildlife plant#nectar plant#spring flowers#specialized bees#lavender flowers#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#sun#deciduous#birds#small tree#partial shade#shrub#wildlife plant#nectar plant#spring flowers#specialized bees#lavender flowers#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cercis
    Species:
    racemosa
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern & Central China
    Wildlife Value:
    The flowers provide nectar for bees and once pollinated form leguminous pods, the seed can be consumed by birds. Members of the genus Cercis support the following specialized bee: Habropoda laboriosa.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Lght pink to silver/rose/purple flowers are produced in mid-spring, in 2-4"-long, pendulous chains of 20-40 flowers, resembling wisteria in appearance. Flower color is not as vivid as other redbud types.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Green heart-shaped leaves
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Brown
    Bark Description:
    Larger branches are gray to sandy-brown. Smooth, gray bark on older trees.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees