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Make a Redbud Tree the Centerpiece of Your Garden

Redbud Trees
Ornamental trees can complement any yard. You can choose from several varieties of ornamental trees, but the flowering redbud is an especially attractive option. Redbuds are relatively small, and they like moist soil and full to partial sun.

Make a pretty redbud tree the centerpiece of your garden.

Select the Redbud

Eastern redbud is one of the most popular varieties. The species includes several cultivars including the standard flowering redbud, the alba, and Forest Pansy.

The standard eastern redbud trees offer purple-pink flowers that bloom in early spring. In fact, they even grow on the trunk. In the fall, eastern redbuds offer yellow leaves.

Also known as royal white, the alba redbud produces snowy white blooms. This cultivar prefers full sun or light shade and maxes out at 25 feet tall. The Forest Pansy produces pink blooms and scarlet leaves that eventually become maroon. While this cultivar grows taller than the alba, it's slightly less hardy.

Silver cloud redbud is another striking cultivar that's not part of the eastern varieties. This redbud features variegated leaves of pink and white. The blooms themselves are light purple.

In addition to the stand-up varieties, redbuds also come as weeping trees. You can choose between traveler weeping, lavender twist, and ruby falls. The weeping redbuds are much smaller, usually growing no taller than six feet.

Include Decorative Rock and Groundcover

Once you've chosen and planted your redbud, start landscaping around it. In fact, you might start with hardscaping in the form of decorative rock. You could spread out pea gravel around the base of your tree. Look for gravel that complements the rest of your hardscaping. Another option is installing an odd number of decorative stones for a rock garden effect.

If you don't spread out pea gravel, you still don't want to leave the ground around the tree bare. The canopy of redbud trees isn't too dense, so any plants that tolerate partial shade should thrive under the tree. Because you won't get a lot of green from most cultivars of redbud, consider planting groundcover plants in deep shades of that color.

Accent With Flowers

In that vein, you can accent your redbud tree by planting flowers as part of the landscaping around the tree. When you select the flowers, you have two big considerations. The first is they must tolerate the same growing conditions as your redbud tree so they thrive.

The second consideration is color. Redbuds offer a lot of color on their own. Think about the hues your tree will offer and coordinate accordingly. For example, alba redbud goes from snow-white blossoms to green leaves to golden foliage in the fall. So, you could choose red, purple, and blue blooms to set off the tree. 

That said, if you've chosen one of the cultivars that offer pink or purple blooms and purplish leaves, you may want to stay away from red. You could stick with the spectrum of pink to purple, or cool the look down with blue. In this case, white flowers would also be attractive.

Add a Decorative Fence

You can further draw attention to your redbud tree with a decorative garden fence. You can use the fence as a border for your planting bed or expand it out to create a delineation in your yard. For example, your fence could designate a strolling area with the redbud tree at the center.

A traditional white picket fence would stand out beautifully against the more colorful varieties of redbud tree. You can even include a pretty gate. However, if you've chosen an alba redbud, consider a metal fence with decorative scrolls.

You can choose from so many varieties of redbud that you're sure to find one that complements your garden. Contact CDS Landscaping & Tree Service LLC to find a redbud tree for your yard.


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