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CERCIS canadensis 'Floating Clouds'

Image of Cercis canadensis 'Floating Clouds'

James Burghardt

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

CERCIS canadensis 'Floating Clouds'

Plant Common Name

Eastern Redbud, Floating Clouds Eastern Redbud

Special Notice

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General Description

The variegated, multicolored leaves of 'Floating Clouds' and its soft pink-lavender early spring blossoms really adds soothing and elegant beauty to the landscape. This deciduous, small-sized tree originates from eastern and central North America. Prized as both a small specimen or shade tree, this cultivar is usually single-trunked and has a rounded but irregularly branching canopy that makes it both graceful and full.

Eastern redbud has very distinctive heart-shaped leaves that turn shades of yellow in fall. Those of 'Floating Clouds' are semi-glossy when young, each attaining variable splotches and mottlings of white, dark and light green at maturity. Before these leaves emerge in spring, its brown branches become covered with clusters of small, sweetpea-like flowers of light pink with a hint of lavender. These may be followed by a scattering of dark brown seed pods that persist into winter. Fall foliage color is interesting with tones of pale yellow.

Grow Floating Clouds redbud in full to partial sun situations. Provide it with fertile, well-drained but evenly moist soil. It is a gracefully and brightly foliaged small ornamental tree to accent the large foundation bed, naturalistic landscapes as well as small-sized formal garden or mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Width

    13'-16' / 4.0m - 4.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    North America, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink, Rose, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Light Yellow, Yellow Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No