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PlantFiles: Eastern Redbud, Canadian Redbud, Judas Tree
Cercis canadensis 'Silver Cloud'

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cercis (SER-sis) (Info)
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Silver Cloud

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Apr 9, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

A very beautiful tree with an unusual characteristic. After flowering, the foliage emerges as a solid lime green. The variegation appears as the season progresses. I know this first hand. I had purchased a tree from Rare Find Nursery and when the foliage appeared it was solid lime green. I immediately called them advising I had the wrong plant and I got credited. I proceeded to buy another Silver Cloud from Sooner Plant Farm and imagine my surprise the foliage on this tree also appeared as lime green. I called Sooner and the person w/whom I spoke told me the foliage developed variegation as the plant matured. Sure enough, it did. Because of this oddity, I now have two beautiful Silver Cloud redbuds. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether this is characteristic of a young plant or is something that will happen each year. I will post accordingly.

Positive BeerWench13 On Feb 25, 2010, BeerWench13 from Providence Forge, VA wrote:

We planted an Eastern Redbud in our yard more than 8 years ago. It is a beautiful tree that has grown well, but not too much. The pretty bright pink buds are beautiful in the spring, the dense green foliage lovely in the summer, but in the fall when the leaves are changing is when it is its prettiest, in my opinion. The leaves turn bright orange and yellow and the tree really stands out when the sun strikes it.

Positive ViburnumValley On Dec 3, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Silver Cloud' redbud is a fine variegated selection of the native redbud. This tree was selected by the late renowned Louisville nurseryman Theodore Klein who contributed generously to the plant palette of the Ohio River valley region and beyond.

The foliage variegation is predominantly white patterning, with occasional hints of pink and pale green within the normal green framework. The flowering character is somewhat lighter in density (probably due to less photosynthesis during the growing season) but similar in color to seedling redbuds. This tree's form is finer and lacier than typical redbud due to thinner twigs and branches.

This plant shines in shade. The white/silver foliage brings a brightness to darker sites, and contrasts very well with darker foliaged plants, especially conifers.

Positive DorothyLanier On Jun 21, 2004, DorothyLanier wrote:

The Eastern redbud has done remarkably well here in Fayetteville, TN. It flowers profusely in spring and has a beautiful dense foliage in the summer months. Also have a White bud tree that also has flowered profusely, and is also a beautiful tree. Both trees have been covered with many, many seed pods.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Thousand Oaks, California
Colbert, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Glouster, Ohio
Belvidere, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Providence Forge, Virginia

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