How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Redbud—Cercis spp.
Family Fabaceae (Pea family)

Plant Identification

Redbuds are attractive deciduous trees or shrubs.  Leaves are broad, rounded, and heart-shaped at the base.  In the spring, clusters of sweet pea-shaped flowers bloom on bare twigs and branches.  Blossoms are rose-colored or purplish-pink.  Beanlike pods form after flowers.  Leaves turn yellowish in fall before dropping.

Optimum conditions for growth

Redbuds do best in areas with full sun or with light shade.  Most species require moderate to regular amounts of water.  Plants need some winter chill for the best floral display.  Prune during the dormant season or after bloom.

Leaves of western redbud
Leaves of western redbud

Flowers of redbud

Pests and disorders of Cercis spp.



Environmental disorders



Redbud flowers
Spring flowers of eastern redbud

Seed pods of eastern redbud
Pods of eastern redbud

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