Cercis Black Pearl™ Redbud

A Native Dark-Leaved Eastern Redbud with Fall Color
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Features to Note


5 - 9

Mature Height

20 Feet

Mature Width

25 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance


Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
5 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


Cercis Black Pearl™ is a native deciduous understory tree offering multi-season interest, grown for its lovely architecture, dark leaf color, and extravagant spring bloom. Extremely floriferous, this small tree puts on a sensational show in spring, flowering in showy clusters of charming pea-like lavender-pink flowers on bare branches, before the foliage emerges. Dry, flattened, bean-like seedpods follow in mid to late summer. The nectar-rich flowers are a food source for bees and early season butterflies, and the seeds sustain several species of songbirds throughout fall and winter. Its graceful canopy of large, heart-shaped, maroon-colored leaves holds its color through summer and typically turns attractive shades of chartreuse yellow in fall.

A Cercis canadensis species, Black Pearl resulted from a controlled cross between C. canadensis 'Ruby Falls' and C. canadensis 'JN2' THE RISING SUN. The tree has a moderate to vigorous growth rate and a compact, upright, freely branching habit with relatively short internodes and an overall shape that is broad, rounded, and oval. Redbud trees are great specimen, shade, and patio trees, but they are especially eye-catching in group plantings.

Black Pearl grows best in sunny to dappled sun locations with organic, moist, well-draining soil having an acidic or alkaline pH, but it tolerates most soils, including loam, sand, and clay. In hot climates, some shade may be required for best performance. Adding mulch around the tree's base will help keep roots moist and cool. The plant is black walnut resistant.

A native tree, Cercis Black Pearl is indigenous to North America, from Connecticut to New York to southern Ontario and the Great Lakes south to West Texas and Florida. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.


Genus: Cercis
Species: canadensis
Variety: 'JN16'
Item Form: 2-Gallon
Category: Trees
Bloom Season Start: Early Spring
Bloom Season End: Early Spring
Bloom Color: Pink
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 5
USDA Zone High: 9
Uses: Beds, Fall Color, Specimen
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, ID, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: none
Discount Exempt: No



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