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Floating Clouds Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Floating Clouds'

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Floating Clouds Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Floating Clouds') at Valley View Farms

Floating Clouds Redbud foliage

Floating Clouds Redbud foliage

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree

Description:

A spectacular variety that is showy all season: pink-lavender flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring; deep green leaves splashed with white and lighter green in summer; yellow fall color; a great small ornamental tree for specimen use

Ornamental Features

Floating Clouds Redbud has pink pea-like flowers with lavender overtones along the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive white-variegated deciduous dark green foliage with hints of light green which emerges chartreuse in spring. The heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Floating Clouds Redbud is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval 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

Floating Clouds Redbud is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Floating Clouds Redbud will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 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 prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. 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.

 
 
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