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Eastern Redbud, Canadian Redbud, Judas Tree 'Appalachian Red'

Cercis canadensis

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cercis (SER-sis) (Info)
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Appalachian Red
Additional cultivar information:(aka Appalachia Red)



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Scarify seed before sowing

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


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

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

New Orleans, Louisiana

Royal Oak, Michigan

Raleigh, North Carolina

Vilas, North Carolina

West Grove, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Grottoes, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 24, 2017, PixilationZone from West Grove, PA wrote:

Absolutely gorgeous, exuberant mid-spring flowering tree. Sweet-pea-like blooms borne on bare branches in a sort of a hot pink hue distinguish it from the more common, purple-flowered cercis.

Mine gets mostly afternoon sun, which may be why it's quickly grown quite tall, with very long, arching branches. I've been pruning it to keep it closer to the size I expected it to be so it won't shade nearby plants as much. So far it's responded well, though I wish I'd planted it where it could be left grow as tall as it likes.


On May 8, 2013, dkybruce from Somerset, KY wrote:

This is the fourth spring for my Eastern redbud. It is about 7' tall and has not bloomed yet. Need some help.

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Somerset, Ky


On Apr 29, 2012, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I first saw this tree a few years ago while working at a nursery and haven't wanted any other Cercis Canadensis since. Appalachian Red is much brighter than the species, it really makes any other redbuds around it look dull.


On Mar 18, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red' (Dec) (z6) (Cut)
Striking (but not really "red"),the deep prpl-red buds of this handsome small (20-30') tree open to bright (as in BRIGHT!) pink flowers, a springtime showcase for woodland's edge,small yard, or any yard!S-PSH/M


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

'Appalachian Red' redbud has made a pretty nice splash around the Cercis-ophile community. Precocious, it sets an incredible amount of blooms per square inch along its stems, and the flower color is a deeper/darker pink (though falling short of red) than the species.

I haven't observed any other traits that are too much different from the everyday redbud, but the blast of blooms even on young plants makes it worth using this new selection.