Tennessee Pink Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Tennessee Pink'

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Tennessee Pink Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Tennessee Pink') at Stauffers Of Kissel Hill

Tennessee Pink Redbud flowers

Tennessee Pink Redbud flowers

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Tennessee Pink Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Tennessee Pink') at Stauffers Of Kissel Hill

Tennessee Pink Redbud in bloom

Tennessee Pink Redbud in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree


A lavish small ornamental tree featuring stunning deep pink flowers in early spring, followed by red-tinged leaves that turn green, then yellow in fall; adaptable to a variety of soil conditions; older brown bark exfoliates to reveal orangish inner bark

Ornamental Features

Tennessee Pink Redbud has pink pea-like flowers along the branches from early to mid spring, which emerge from distinctive hot pink flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges red in spring. The heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Tennessee Pink 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

Tennessee Pink Redbud is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Tennessee Pink 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 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Ornamental Features