It seems that every so many months there is a new cultivar of American redbud, Cercis canadensis, or Chinese redbud, Cercis chinensis. The genus has seen much dynamic improvement becoming more cold tolerant, more heat tolerant, as well as undergoing improved foliage and bloom. The superior cultivars have been rolled out so frequently in recent years that it’s hard to keep track of so many. However, of all of these new cultivars, there is one that easily stands out from the crowd and this is, "The Rising Sun" redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘The Rising Sun’). The special new tree has the beautiful bloom of all redbuds with the added bonus of stunning foliage. The foliar show starts in early spring when new leaves emerge a beautiful orange which turn slowly to chartreuse for late spring before maturing into a pale, speckled emerald. And this is in addition to the traffic-stopping spring bloom when bare branches become smothered in magenta, sweet-pea type flowers. An in addition to being beautiful, these flower are a magnet for bees and butterflies, making The Rising Sun redbud a good choice for the wild-life friendly garden as well. And even the bark is distinctively golden-hued. Best of all, mature height is thought to be only about 12 feet with an 8 foot spread making it a must-have patio or courtyard subject and certainly of a size that any garden can accommodate. In almost every respect this is a unique and beautiful tree.

The Rising Sun redbud is not particular about soil-type and can grow in either full or part sun though blooming is best in full sun. It is fast growing and drought resistant once established. It will do well in cool-temperate to warm-temperate climates. It is well-suited to most of the US, and perhaps Lower Ontario, all of the UK and temperate Australia and New Zealand. But it is only just now available and is a long way from being found in the big, discount nurseries. Look for it only in the better, tree nurseries.

The Rising Sun redbud


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