||Deciduous Ornamental Tree|
||Leaves are alternate, simple, board-ovate to sub orbicular, (broadly hear-shaped), 3 to 5 inches across, often wider than long, and cordate. Leaves are lustrous dark green and new growth is reddish purple. Fall color is poor yellow-green but can be an excellent yellow.|
||20 to 30 feet in height by 25 to 35 feet in spread.|
||Zone 4 to 9. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
||Usually a small tree with the trunk divided close to the ground forming a spreading, flat-topped to rounded crown; very handsome with its gracefully ascending branches.|
||Perfect, reddish purple in bud, opening to a rosy-pink with a purplish tinge, 1/2 inch long; on a 1/2 inch long pedicel; open in March-April and are effective for 2 to 3 weeks; borne 4 to 8 together, fascicled or racemose; often flowers are produced on old trunks 4 to 8 inches in diameter; flowers at a young age, 4 o 6 years.|
|Diseases & Insects:
||Canker is the most destructive disease of redbud and can cause many stems to die, leaf spots and Verticillium wilt are other disease problems; tree hoppers, caterpillars, scales and leafhoppers can also cause damage.|
||Effective as a single specimen, in groupings in the shrub border, especially nice in woodland and naturalized type situation; one of the favorite eastern United Sates native plants.|
||Enjoys moist, well drained, deep soils; however, does exceedingly well in many soil types except permanently wet ones; adaptable to alkaline soils.|
||Water regularly after initial planting. Does not require pruning; however, does need clearing of numerous small dead branches that occur under the canopy of the tree.|
||Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.
||Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.