Redbud

Cercis canadensis

[cercis_canadensis]

In 1781, Jefferson listed Redbud or "Judas-tree" in his Notes on the State of Virginia as a native "Esculent" tree. He intended it to be a part of his shrubbery scheme for the western slope of Monticello and in the clumps of trees planted in the angles of the house in 1807. He likewise directed that Redbuds be planted among clumps of native trees and shrubs at Poplar Forest in 1812. Often called "Judas-tree," which actually refers to the Mediterranean species C. siliquastrum, the Eastern Redbud features heart-shaped leaves and showy-purplish-pink, pea-like flowers that bloom in early spring.

Growth Type: Deciduous Tree Color(s): Pink, Purple Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 Location at Monticello: Various Locations Planting Conditions: Full to Part Sun

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 1 – Apr 232003: Mar 31 – Apr 302004: Mar 29 – May 12005: Apr 5 – May 22006: Mar 31 – Apr 282007: Mar 28 – Apr 302008: Apr 4 – May 22009: Apr 2 – May 62010: Mar 25 – Apr 232011: Mar 29 – Apr 262012: Mar 19 – Apr 132013: Apr 11 – May 72014: Apr 8 – May 9