Eastern Redbud

Redbud is a good size for a backyard tree and has pretty pink flowers in the spring
Redbud is a good size for a backyard tree and has pretty pink flowers in the spring

Zones: 4 – 9

Height: 20′ to 30′

Width: 20′ to 35′

Light: Sun

One of the very first trees I got for my backyard was an Eastern Redbud.

It is a native tree in the Eastern United States and is one of the easiest trees to grow (so it definitely makes my best backyard trees list!)

Sun or shade, acidic or alkaline soil, even clay and dry conditions…it will survive them all once established. It also grows to the perfect size for most urban gardens – big enough to provide some shade but not so big that it takes over the yard.

The Redbud’s claim to fame is the pretty pink flowers that cover the tree early in the spring.

Redbud tree grows tall enough to provide shade for a small table and chairs
Redbud tree grows tall enough to provide shade for a small table and chairs

And it provides the perfect shade tree canopy for a relaxing summer lunch spot.

However, once it has finished blooming the heart-shaped leaves also add some interest in the garden.

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