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Texas Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'var. texensis'

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Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'var. texensis') at Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Texas Redbud in bloom

Texas Redbud in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'var. texensis') at Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Texas Redbud flowers

Texas Redbud flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Judas Tree, Love Tree


A wonderful small accent tree with beautiful rose-pink flowers in early spring, followed by thick, glossy dark-green leaves; adaptable to drier soils; older dark brown bark exfoliates to reveal orangish inner bark; a more compact redbud

Ornamental Features

Texas Redbud has rose pea-like flowers along the branches from early to mid spring, which emerge from distinctive cherry red flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The small glossy heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in fall. The peeling dark brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Texas Redbud is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Texas Redbud is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Texas Redbud will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features
This Plant Library is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally and changes from day to day, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.