This perennial, deciduous tree has stunning color and a graceful form. It grows to 20-30 feet with a spread of 15-25 feet. As it matures, it will take on a flat-topped, vase-like shape. The Eastern Redbud tree has a medium growth rate of 13-24 inches per year and is a low maintenance tree.
The Eastern Redbud tree flowers early in the spring. The purplish/rose flowers are about ½-inch long and will stay on the tree for two to three weeks. Fruit pods appear in fall. The flat and green pea-like pods hold four to ten small seeds.
Heart-shaped leaves, two to six inches in length, emerge as reddish in color, changing to dark green as the season progresses. In fall they will turn a blissful golden yellow.
The Eastern Redbud tree does well in full sunlight or partial shade. Soil should be well-drained, acidic, loamy, sandy or clay. Hardiness Zone: 4-9.