Spring is the time when you see flower buds on early-season trees like Eastern redbud.

Redbud is the native tree representing multiple gardening climates and bears its botanical name as “Cercis Canadensis”.

These days you find many varieties under different names useful giving an elegance to your landscape and these include Oklahoma, Forest Pansy, Ruby Falls, Hearts of Gold and Burgundy Hearts.

All of these varieties are gorgeous and like similar growing conditions — part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Redbud does best when it is planted under taller trees, like pines.

Look in the woods where the native species thrive and you’ll see it looking its best when it’s somewhat shaded, perhaps getting some filtered morning sun.

A smaller variety “Lavender Twist” may grow in tight spaces. It grows 6 feet to 8 feet tall, with heart-shaped leaves that form an umbrella shape once the pink-purple flowers have disappeared.

Rising Sun redbud is another variety that gives lovely look in your garden. Whatever your gardening style or landscape look, a redbud will make an eye-catching addition to your spring decor.

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