Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud
Eastern Redbud is an outstanding small tree, both for eyepopping color in spring and low maintenance. Most of the year it's dense with heart shaped leaves. In early spring, clusters of magenta blossoms cover bare stems and sometimes grow right from the trunk itself. They hold for weeks.
Native to the Atlantic Coast from Canada to Florida, Eastern Redbud thrives most anywhere in zones 4-10 and is hardy down to -25 degrees. It grows quickly to 15', is gorgeous in sun or shade, and makes a terrific street tree or garden showpiece.
*******COLD STRATIFICATION REQUIRED*******
Scarify the hard seed coat and soak seeds for a minimum of 24 hours in warm water, you should see the seed coats puff up, or swell. Surface sow, covering with a light layer of soil. Cold stratify for 90 days. Cover pot with plastic wrap and a rubber band to keep in heat and moisture. Place in a warm, sunny location, keep soil moist, but not soaking wet. Remove plastic wrap when you have seedlings.