Redbud Tree Planting Directions


The redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) offers lovely purplish-pink blossoms each spring in abundance. A few varieties offer blossoms that range from light pink to white each season. The redbud is often one of the first trees to display flowers each spring. The tree easily attains 20 feet in height, which makes it ideal as a shade tree, but a few will grow to 40 feet in height. Easily grown in most soil types, the tree grows relatively fast. It prefers well-drained planting locations and will not tolerate wet roots.

Step 1

Plant the redbud in a location that offers either full sun or partial shade. Locate the tree at least 20 feet from other trees or buildings, so it has ample space for its fast-growing canopy. The canopy of the redbud will easily stretch 30 feet.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is twice as large as the trees root system. Work compost into the soil. Aged leaf debris, aged cow manure or peat moss are ideal soil additives. Work the organic matter into the soil until the soil feels crumbly to the touch.

Step 3

Grasp the tree at the base right next to the soil with one hand and pull the container away from the trees root ball with the other hand. Loosen the dirt around the trees root-ball using your fingers. Place the tree into the newly dug hole.

Step 4

Push the soil and organic matter around the trees root system gently. Press the dirt down to remove all air pockets.

Step 5

Apply 3 to 4 inches of mulch around the tree to keep weed growth back, insulate the roots from cold or hot and help the soil retain water. Bark chips, peat moss, recycled plastic or pine needles are ideal mulch choices.

Step 6

Water the tree thoroughly after planting. Keep the redbud moist, but not water-logged. Once established, the redbud trees have an excellent reputation of being exceptionally drought tolerant.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch such as peat moss, pine needles, bark chips or recycled plastic
  • Compost such as peat moss, leaf debris or aged manure
  • Shovel


  • University of Arkansas: Redbud
  • Texas A & M University: Texas Redbud
  • Floridata: Cercis canadensis

Who Can Help

  • U.S. Forest Service: Redbud
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