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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.
Redbud Tree Seeds (20)
The graceful redbud tree or Cercis siliquastrum is a harbinger of spring with its racemes of pink-violet flowers. Native to the Mediterranean, it is now a familiar sight in the southern United States. It is also related to the pea, and its flowers resemble pea flowers.
Hardy Zones Where They Grow
The redbud tree does best in warmer climates, so it is appropriate for hardiness zones 6 to 9, where the lowest winter temperature is never under -5 degrees Fahrenheit.
The redbud is a small deciduous tree which grows from 15 to 25 feet tall. Redbuds have round, 15 to 25-foot crowns made of zigzagging twigs. Some trees grow as tall as 50 feet, though in the wild it’s often an understory tree that grows in the partial shade given by taller trees. It has several trunks, many branches, and heart-shaped, alternate leaves that are from 3 to 5 inches long. The margins are entire, which means there are no indentations or leaflets. They are smooth on top and glaucous beneath and have palmate veins. At first, the leaves are an attractive bronzy red, then lush green in the summer and finally shades of yellow or light brown in the fall. These colors ensure that the leaf is showy for most of the year.
The redbud grows best in fertile, alkaline soil, though it does well in soil that is sandy, clayey or loamy. It prefers the soil's pH to be between 6.0 and 8.0 and needs good drainage though it can tolerate periods of dryness. The tree flourishes in full or indirect sunlight and needs medium watering. It can tolerate deer and some pollution and can be planted near black walnut trees. Black walnuts release a poison that often kills other plants near them.
The reason for the tree’s breathtaking beauty is that the flowers appear well before the foliage. They are a stunning pink-violet or rosy-purple and arrive in great masses over old growth. About 3/4 of an inch long, they grow straight from the stems and branches and even from the trunk. They have fused sepals, five petals, and are edible.
The redbud is one of the first trees to bloom in the south. The bloom season is usually from March to April, but in warmer areas, the tree can bloom as early as February. The blossoms attract bees and other pollinators that are struggling to find nectar so early in the season.
When the flowers fade they are replaced by long 4-inch long seed pods. These pods, which are deep purple, are mature in the summer but can be seen on the tree into the winter. To the Greeks, the pods resembled a weaver’s shuttle or kerkis. This gave the tree its genus name. When the pods split open, the seeds are eaten by birds
The redbud tree is easy to take care of and just needs a bit of pruning and fertilizer in the spring.