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Cercis canadensis

 
Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud
Common name Eastern redbud
Family fabaceae
Life cycle tree
Flowers various colors, spring
Light full sun-part shade
From seed scarify with sandpaper. 8 weeks cold, germinates at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Our original tree in Pennsylvania, grown from a twig bought at a discount nursery, took five years to get around to blooming, but was a steady performer for many years to follow. I also managed to start several plants from seed, including white-flowered varieties, but didn't get to see their flowers. Several years after moving to Texas, and missing our redbud, I decided to acquire a new tree, this one of the texensis subspecies that should do well in our steamy climate. It is once again a tiny tree, so I'm prepared to wait a while for flowers.

Cercis canadensis
The buds that give the tree its name. Quite a sleek look, on the bare branches
Eastern redbud
Suddenly, after ten years in the garden, it decides to make seedpods. They look empty, though
Cercis canadensis
Our Texas specimen was attacked (by leafcutter bees, I figure) soon after planting. Luckily, it took the onslaught in stride.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from trade: 'Lavender Twist'.
    batch A: 7 wks warm, 8 wks cold, no germination upon returning to warm.
    batch B:scarify w sandpaper, no germination at 70F
  2. Seed from trade: 'Royal White'. scarified w sandpaper, baggy 35F (8w)-70F (90%G, 5d)


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