University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

The redbud is a deciduous, moderate to rapid growing tree, reaching a height of 20 to 30 feet. It has an irregular growth habit when young but forms a graceful vase-shape as it gets older. The cordate leaves are simple, alternate, and four to eight inches long. The green leaves turn yellow in the fall. The half-inch long flowers appear in clusters along older stems in early spring before the leaves emerge. Flowers may be lavender, pink or purple. The fruit is a dry, hard, brown pod, one to three inches long.