Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Eastern Redbud

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Join the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County in the coming weeks to discuss plants that have been proven to survive and thrive on the OBX!

Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis

Redbud is a deciduous, often multi-trunked understory tree with a rounded crown. It is slow-growing and will mature to 20-30’ tall. From March to April, the Redbud blooms profusely putting on a show with its stunning pea-like flowers.


Flowers are anywhere from pink to red to purple in color. Unlike many other plants, the flowers are seen before the leaves.

Redbud Flowers

The flowers are only about 1/2 inch wide and have 4 -10 flowers in a cluster.

Redbud branch

Through fall and even winter, the flat seedpods provide food for the songbirds and smaller wildlife.

Redbud seedpods


  • Well-drained soil is ideal
  • Tolerate all soil types
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Slightly salt tolerant
  • Attracts Pollinators

Pest & Diseases

  • Japanese beetles, Leaf Hoppers, Caterpillars, Webworms, Scale
  • Mildew, Leaf Spot, Verticillium Wilt
  • Cankers can be a significant disease problem


Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

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Written By

Amy Jordan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmy JordanAgricultural Technician Program Assistant Call Amy E-mail Amy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Dare County Center
Updated on Aug 25, 2020
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