Just 8 to 10 feet high and wide at maturity, it grows slowly, is ideal for smaller spaces, and does particularly well in dry soils.


Don Egolf Redbud

4-inch Pot
Item # 32048
$19.95
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Cercis chinensis 'Don Egolf'

The first Redbud ever released by the U.S. National Arboretum, it was 16 years in the breeding!
How fitting that the first Redbud introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum should be named for the late Don Egolf, the man who brought so many fine shrubs into American gardens! A compact, free-flowering, non-fruiting variety you're going to love, 'Don Egolf' is the perfect early-spring splash of color for any garden or patio!

Though most of us love Redbuds, nobody likes the thousand-and-one seedlings they produce after scattering their seed all over the garden. Left unchecked in a woodland setting, this shrub can even be invasive. That's where 'Don Egolf' can make such a difference. It is non-fruiting, so it sets no seed, and you don't have to root out a single one of those little heart-shaped leaves on amazingly strong stems from your garden!

And 'Don Egolf' would be a glorious addition to the garden even if it weren't seedless. The blooms are super-abundant, and the color is magnificent: sort of a light maroon, or a combination of rose, red, and lavender. Neon-bright, it will be the only one of its shade in the entire garden!

This multi-stemmed little shrub grows very slowly, eventually reaching 8 to 10 feet high and wide. The dark green heart-shaped leaves are deciduous, falling to reveal an attractive bare skeleton in winter. And 'Don Egolf' is wonderfully resistant to canker, unlike most other Redbuds!

This cultivar was released by Margaret Pooler in 2000, but began as one of a batch of seed sent from the botanical garden in Yunnan, People's Republic of China, to the U.S. Arboretum in 1984. The seed was originally identified as Cercis chingii, but after it began growing, it was corrected to C. chinensis. Dr. Don Egolf was originally in charge of this project, in which the seedling that would eventually be named for him was spotted quite early as being distinctive from the rest: it was unusually floriferous, and it set no seed. Eventually it was trialed in 14 states in addition to the U.S. National Arboretum test fields, and found to be non-fruiting as well as very free-flowering and particularly well-adapted to dry soils. Then the canker resistance was discovered -- icing on the cake!

Whether you use 'Don Egolf' as a specimen planting, as part of a border, or in a woodland setting, do give this stellar little shrub a special place in your landscape. It will repay you richly for decades to come, both in beauty and in labor-saving! Zones 6-9.

Genus Cercis
Species chinensis
Variety 'Don Egolf'
Item Form 4-inch Pot
Zone 6 - 9
Bloom Season Early Spring
Habit Compact
Plant Height 8 ft - 10 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Free Bloomer, Seedless/Sterile
Bloom Color Dark Red, Light Maroon, Light Purple
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy, Clay
Uses Border, Specimen
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Take the time to research which tree you want and its needs. Try to get as much information as you can about your tree before you plant. This section offers a few brief tips about general care that should get you started in the right direction. The Rising Sun™ Redbud

How to Plant Your Tree

When planting a new
tree, know the strengths and weaknesses of your treevariety. For example, if your tree has delicate leaves placing the trees fully exposed to drying sun and wind will certainly lead to scorched leaves and a puny trees. Think of your tree's habit and mature size when planting. You would not want a tree that will be 15' wide in a few years planted too closely to any permanent structure or other trees. Choose a place with plenty of room in a partially shaded place, preferably a spot where your tree can get a nice dose of morning sun and be protected through the harshest part of those hot summer afternoons.

Gardeners will often plant their trees in holes that are too deep and too narrow. Roots need access to oxygen and room to grow. Dig a hole about three times the width of the root ball, and the crown (the place where the roots meet the trunk) should be level with the soil surface. If you have clay soil, make sure to break up the sides and bottom of the hole to prevent water from being trapped and rotting your brand new tree. If your tree was in a container, carefully pull apart the roots to ensure that your tree does not become girdled and strangle itself. Recover the soil to the crown, but do not pack it down tightly—loose dirt allows roots to become established.

How to Feed and Water Your Tree

Trees, once established are very low-maintenance for most of the year. Most trees love moisture—during the warmer months, make sure you give your tree a deep watering about twice a week during hot, dry summers to help it establish strong roots.Some varieties with more delicate leaves may have a tendency to dry up and scorch in the summer or freeze in a late frost and scorch. If you suspect a late frost is headed your way, just go ahead and cover the more delicate plants in your garden. Deep watering may be your only hope against drying in the summer.

An all-purpose slow-release fertilizer or rich compost will supply the basic nutrients to feed most trees. Just work the fertilizer into the soil around the tree at the beginning of every season to get the best results.

How to Prune Your Tree

If your tree has been properly planted, has established itself, and has developed a strong root system, the only thing left to do is periodic pruning and shaping. Pruning maples is really simple. Remove dead or damaged limbs, and any new growth that appears on the main trunk (allowing your tree to focus its energy on filling out its distinctly beautiful branches). You may also want to shorten long limbs that distract from the overall shape of the tree.

Choosing Tree Varieties to Suit Your Garden

Want to make a dramatic change in the overall look of your garden? Planting a trees is the quickest way to change the look and feel of your garden. Trees add structure and height, and they have striking presence and style. A few strategically placed trees in your landscape design can change the entire look and feel of your yard. Planting a tree provides incredible results for the modest amount money and time invested, it's good for the environment, and it's fun.

Some of the quickest growers are also the most interesting. Many varieties of dense firs, colorful maples, and wispy willows grow quickly enough to noticeably change the look of your garden in just one season. Fast-growing trees are as functional as they are beautiful—quickly providing privacy screens, shade trees, and dramatic color and fragrance that could take years to achieve with slower varieties.

Landscape Design with Evergreen Trees and Shrubs

Most Pines, Cypresses, and Thujas grow incredibly fast, and make a great quick fix for most of your tree-related garden needs. A tall pine, like a Loblolly or Rock Pine, can reach impressive shade-tree heights in a third of the time that it would take many deciduous trees to reach the same height. And the long, dark-green, wispy needles give an ephemeral—almost mystical—feel, turning your garden into the setting of a great fairytale. Thujas, also known as Arborvitae, are the fastest-growing evergreens around. Their dense green foliage is perfect for blocking outside sights, sounds, and wind—turning your garden into a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle.

Fast Growing Deciduous Trees

Many of the most popular trees for gardeners are also some of the fastest growers. Red Maples and Weeping Willows are sold bare-root, about two or three years old, and not more than a few feet tall. But often, after being planted in your yard, they will grow 3 to 5 feet in one year. These trees are popular because of their interesting foliage and habit, and because they offer such quick return on investment, they have become indispensable in landscape design.

Grow Your Own Fruit

Growing your own fruit is cheaper, more fun, and usually a lot safer than buying fruit from the grocery store. Also, fruit trees are usually very impressive in the garden--they usually have pretty, fragrant blooms, and they attract humming birds and butterflies.

Fruit trees are always popular, but often it takes several years before a tree produces a substantial amount of fruit. There are a few fast-growing fruit tree varieties that produce a useful amount of fruit within a couple seasons. Dwarf citrus trees are small, and mature very fast, but you can only grow these in containers unless you live in a very warm place. Trees from the genus Prunus, like cherries, apricots, plums, and peaches, all grow fairly quickly, and they are so diverse that any gardener will be able to find exactly what they need.

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Cercis
Redbud / Judas Tree

Planting:

Set out in full sun or light shade. Widely tolerant of soils from sandy to heavy clayloams, Cercis do best in a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil enhanced with healthy amounts of decomposed organic matter.


Maintenance:

Mulch to conserve moisture after planting and again each spring for at least the first two years. Provide supplemental water during periods of drought. Both species naturally have a shrub-like growth habit, with many low and upright branches. Prune only to shape or to remove dead branches.


Zones:

Zones various

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.