Pink Heartbreaker Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Pink Heartbreaker'

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Pink Heartbreaker Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Pink Heartbreaker') at Bayport Flower Houses

Pink Heartbreaker Redbud flowers

Pink Heartbreaker Redbud flowers

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Pink Heartbreaker Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Pink Heartbreaker') at Bayport Flower Houses

Pink Heartbreaker Redbud in bloom

Pink Heartbreaker Redbud in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree


A spectacular and hardy spring bloomer, with very showy lavender-pink flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring; copper foliage emerges, maturing to a deep green; a great weeping ornamental tree for specimen use in the landscape

Ornamental Features

Pink Heartbreaker Redbud has lavender pea-like flowers with pink overtones along the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive dark green deciduous foliage which emerges red in spring. The heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Pink Heartbreaker Redbud is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Pink Heartbreaker Redbud is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Pink Heartbreaker Redbud will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features