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Cultural Details for Cercis canadensis var. alba

Common Name:
White Redbud

Growth Rate:
12-24" per year

Average Mature Height:
20-30'

Average Mature Width:
25-35'

Flower Details:
White flowers; 0.5" long; comes true-to-type from seed. Open March-April and are effective for 2-3 weeks; borne 4-8 together.

Fruit Details:
True pod (legume), brown-brownish black, 2-3" long, 0.5" wide, October; reddish to green before maturity; fruits persist through winter.

Fall Color:
Yellow-green but can be an excellent yellow.

Bark Details:
Older bark brownish black with orange inner bark peaking through; develops scaly condition with age.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
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 leaf hoppers can also cause damage.

Native Habitat:
Eastern U.S. and Texas

Other Features:
Effective as a single specimen, in groupings and in the shrub border, especially nice in woodland and naturalized situations.

Culture and Care:
Transplant as a young tree in spring or fall into moist, well-drained, deep soils, but does well in many soil types except wet ones. Adaptable to acid or alkaline soils. Full sun or light shade.

This plant was blooming:
4/5/2010 - 4/19/2010
3/30/2007 - 4/5/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
8539

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu