At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fabaceae
Latin Name: Cercis canadensis
Foliage: Green to blue-green needles
Fall Foliage: Yellow to greenish-yellow
Bloom: Pink
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Rounded to spreading
Bark: Brown with red inner
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 8
Size: 20 to 30 feet
Spread: 25 to 35 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Cercis Canadensis is one of the first trees to excitedly announce spring’s arrival, unfurling decadent rose-violet blossoms from its slender brown twigs. Alternately called the “Judas Tree” and “Redbud”, the Eastern Redbud is a member of the Fabaceae family and possesses a 4-8 hardiness zone rating. It is native to the eastern and central regions of the United States, appearing either as a dispersed sole specimen or in small populations. In woodlands, the Eastern Redbud grows as an understory species; in uplands, where it is more frequently found, it usually appears on south-facing slopes, favoring full sun to partial shade and medium, well-drained soils.

The Eastern Redbud is a gorgeous ornamental selection, particularly given its bursts of color during the spring and in the autumn. Its rounded spreading build takes on a vase-shaped structure as the tree matures, and the tree can reach a height of 20-30 ft. with an analogous 25-35 ft. span. Deciduous and perennial, the Eastern Redbud is also appreciated for its fire-tolerance, with its large deep-delving taproot helping it stand its ground. It features dusky blue-green foliage, with leaves that are characteristically heart-shaped or broadly ovate, and which emerge as velvety tawny green before maturing to smoother textures and darker green hues. In the autumn, this foliage morphs into an illuminating leafy patchwork of gold, copper, and sunny yellow-green.

The Eastern Redbud’s beautiful April flowers appear in delightful brushstrokes of bright magenta clusters on its bare stems, sometimes emerging even upon the reddish-brown tree trunk itself. These blossoms are pollinated by long-tongued bees. Beginning in August, the tree produces dry and brown pea-like pods, which contain 10-12 flat russet seeds. This fruit ripens in early winter and is edible; Native Americans roasted the Eastern Redbud’s seeds and ate the flowers (either raw or boiled), enjoying the benefits of the anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, and healthy acids preserved in these parts of the plant.

Native Forest Nursery Photos:

Mature Tree Photos: