How to Plant an Eastern Redbud Tree


Eastern redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) or Judas tree, produces impressive purple-pink blossoms early in spring, well before any leaves appear. This deciduous flowering tree grows to mature heights of 20 to 30 feet with spreads up to 35 feet. It is often added to landscaping as an ornamental tree. Eastern redbud trees are native to North America and grow best in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9. Planting an eastern redbud tree requires preparation to ensure it thrives.

Step 1

Select a site to grow the eastern redbud that provides full sun (to partial shade) and well-draining soil. Pick a location with enough room for the mature size of the tree.

Step 2

Dig a hole the same depth and two to five times as wide as the container holding the eastern redbud tree. Place the tree in the hole. Add or remove soil so the planted tree is at the same height it was in the container. Backfill the hole with soil.

Step 3

Construct a watering ring around the planting hole using the remaining soil. Cover a 3-foot diameter with 3 to 6 inches of mulch, keeping the area around the trunk clear. The mulch prevents weeds and retains moisture in the soil.

Step 4

Fill the watering ring with water. Continue to water daily with one pint to one quart of water for the first week. Supply one to two quarts every other day for the next seven days and two to three quarts twice a week for the following week. Water two to three quarts weekly until fall, if needed (no rainfall). Check the soil around the eastern redbud tree for dryness before watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • Arbor Day: Eastern Redbud
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
  • Texas A&M University: Planting a Tree

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida: Eastern Redbud
  • Trees Are Good: Tree Planting
  • USDA: Backyard Tree Planting
Keywords: Cercis canadensis, Judas tree, grow eastern redbud

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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.