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Redbud

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: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
Various Locations
Planting Conditions: 
Full to Part Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 1 to 2002 Apr 232003 Mar 31 to 2003 Apr 302004 Mar 29 to 2004 May 12005 Apr 5 to 2005 May 22006 Mar 31 to 2006 Apr 282007 Mar 28 to 2007 Apr 302008 Apr 4 to 2008 May 22009 Apr 2 to 2009 May 62010 Mar 25 to 2010 Apr 232011 Mar 29 to 2011 Apr 262012 Mar 19 to 2012 Apr 132013 Apr 11 to 2013 May 72014 Apr 8 to 2014 May 92015 Apr 6 to 2015 May 82016 Mar 14 to 2016 May 6
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