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CERCIS canadensis 'Silver Cloud'

Image of Cercis canadensis 'Silver Cloud'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

CERCIS canadensis 'Silver Cloud'

Plant Common Name

Eastern Redbud, Silver Cloud Redbud

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The brightened creamy white and green-hued leaves of 'Silver Cloud' really adds elegant interest to the landscape. This cultivated deciduous, small-sized tree originates from eastern and central North America. Prized as both a specimen tree and small shade tree, it may be multi-stemmed or single-trunked and has a broad, rounded or spreading canopy.

Eastern redbud has very distinctive large, heart-shaped leaves that turn shades of yellow in fall. Those of 'Silver Cloud' are pink-kissed when new and young, and become a solid or smeared variegation of white and green at maturity. Before these leaves emerge in spring, its brown branches become sparsely covered with clusters of small, sweetpea-like flowers of purple-pink. These may be followed by a scattering of dark brown seed pods. Fall foliage color is mild, with the addition of variegated pale yellow tones.

Grow Silver Cloud redbud in sites with protection from intense afternoon sunlight, especially in hot summer regions. Provide it with fertile, well-drained but evenly moist soil. It truly is best in regions with cooler summers. On occasion branches will revert to all green leaved and such a twig should be pruned away. It is a gracefull and soothing small shade tree for naturalistic landscapes as well as more formal gardens needing bright and curious foliage.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-16' / 3.0m - 4.9m

  • Width

    7'-12' / 2.1m - 3.7m

  • 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

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Fuchsia

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, 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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No