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Silver Creek Nursery

Eastern Redbud Seedling

Eastern Redbud Seedling

Species: Cercis canadensis

History: Native to the eastern United States and parts of central Mexico, this tree may have once been native to southern Ontario but it is no longer found here naturally. It is still a fairly common sight since it has been widely planted as an ornamental tree due to its gorgeous profusion of pink flowers. The flowers and seeds have traditionally been eaten by indigenous peoples and people still enjoy them fresh or fried today, while some use the green twigs for seasoning.

Why We Grow It: This native tree grows well in any soil type, and puts on a show stopping bloom every spring producing millions of edible citrusy flowers. The pods it produces are edible too, and are best enjoyed when the young pods are sauteed or fried. The heart-shaped leaves add another level of appeal to the tree even when it is not flowering.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Adaptable to most soils but prefers loam or clay loam

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Tree reaches 6-9m tall, spreading growth habit. May be defoliated by various caterpillars.

Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Self-pollinating, this tree will produce pods without a different Redbud tree but will produce more and better pods if one is present   

Flowering Time: April

Bloom Colour: Pink

Ripens: July for pods

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, ornamental

Height Above Soil:

  • 15-30cm
  • 30cm+

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Shipping vs. Pick Up

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Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

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