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CERCIS canadensis 'Little Woody'

Image of Cercis canadensis 'Little Woody' PP15854

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Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

CERCIS canadensis 'Little Woody' PP15854

Plant Common Name

Eastern Redbud, Little Woody Redbud

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General Description

The small, lightly crinkled, heart-like leaves of 'Little Woody' and its bright rosy pink blossoms really adds small-sized, cheerful interest to the spring garden. This deciduous, small-sized tree originates from eastern and central North America and this cultivar was selected from a mass of redbud seedlings in 1997 in Morganton, North Carolina, evaluated and then named in 2000. Prized as both a small specimen or shade tree, it may be multi-stemmed or single-trunked and has a compact vase-shaped canopy that doesn't need even light pruning.

Eastern redbud has very distinctive heart-shaped leaves that turn shades of yellow in fall. Those of 'Little Woody' are glossy coppery red when new and young, and deep green, crinkled and matte at maturity. Before these leaves emerge in spring, its brown branches become covered with clusters of small, sweetpea-like flowers of rosy pink. These may be followed by a scattering of dark brown seed pods that persist into winter. Fall foliage color is interesting with tones of yellow.

Grow Little Woody redbud in full to partial sun situations, perhaps providing a bit more shade in the afternoons in hot summer regions. 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 - 6

  • 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

    9'-12' / 2.7m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    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

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, 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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No