Upright behavior and heart-shaped leaves of Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain' (Eastern Redbud)

Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain' (Eastern Redbud)

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Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain' is a cultivar of eastern redbud tree developed by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and noted for its excellent cold-hardiness in the face of the harsh Minnesota winters; this cultivar is hardy all the way down to Zone 4. As a redbud, 'Minnesota Strain' also produces the plant's namesake rose-pink to magenta blossoms in early spring which persist for several weeks, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, before its broad, heart-shaped leaves arrive later on in Spring. Heart shaped leaves remain attractive through fall, and the tree's weeping branch habit adds multi-season interest through the colder months too.

Typically found as a small understory tree or large multi-stemmed shrub, 'Minnesota Strain' grows to around 20-30' tall, making it a great choice for naturalization plantings in colder areas, but also a great choice as a specimen tree. As a natural understory tree, Cercis canadensis 'Minnesota Strain' prefers full sun to part shade and moderately fertile soils with moist, well-drained soils. This cultivar is also deer, black walnut, and clay soil tolerant.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Tree Height:
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Purple and Pink
Foliage Color: Purple
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Fall Color, and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, and Black Walnut Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Small Space, Woodland Garden, Specimen Tree, and Shade Tree

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