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The best environment for redbud is full sun to light shade with moist well-drained deep soil. It is adaptable to other soil types but will not grow well in permanently wet or poorly drained soil. Since this tree does not transplant easily, it should be planted when young.
Redbuds are best known for their pink pea-like flowers which bloom profusely on bare branches and even mature trunks. Its heart shaped leaves are 3-5″ across and may turn an attractive yellow in fall. Its fruits are brown flat pods about 2-3″ long. The trunk of this small tree usually has branches close to the ground resulting in a spreading, flat-topped to rounded crown. Zones 4 to 8.