Cercis The Rising Sun™

3 Seasons of Brilliant Foliage Changes

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 36217

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Plant Patent 21,451. Cultivar name: 'JN2'

The most brilliantly colored selection of the Eastern Redbud yet, this variety offers spring foliage of deep apricot-orange, maturing to yellow and then speckled lime-green in summer, only to return to its rich golden tones for autumn. Coupled with abundant rosy-orchid blooms and vigorous yet compact growth, The Rising Sun™ is an absolute essential for the sunny garden.

Before the tree leafs out in spring, abundant pea-like flowers of lavender-rose open all along the trunk and branches, remaining for several weeks. The foliage follows, heart-shaped and very richly colored. As the deep apricot of new growth matures through shades of orange, gold, and yellow, all colors are present at once on the tree -- a truly magnificent sight!

When the hot weather of summer arrives, the foliage of The Rising Sun™ turns a handsome shade of lime-green. Very resistant to heat and burn, it looks good even in the dog days of August before burnishing rich golden-orange again for fall.

A selection of our native Eastern Redbud, The Rising Sun™ is naturally resistant to pests and disease, growing rapidly in a wide range of soil types and moisture levels. It tops out at a very compact 8 to 12 feet high and about 8 feet wide, the ideal size for showcasing its beauty as a specimen or the focal point of an accent planting. Tolerant of light shade, it is very adaptable and easy to grow. Zones 5-9.

Review Summary
(Based on 5 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Beautiful but.......
C Lynch from TN wrote on July 18, 2016:

This is an absolutely beautiful tree. The amazing blooms in the spring are breathtaking against a stark winter/spring landscape. The leaf color throughout the growing season is spectacular. It is a very vigorous tree and that leads to the single most problematic feature. The branches are not strong and in a moderate wind will bend and break. It needs very aggressive pruning to maintain its compactness and structure.

Chris from DE wrote on June 16, 2016:

This is a fascinating tree. The leaves are so beautiful, and I love the form.

A real "wow" factor tree!
David from NC wrote on November 26, 2015:

This is my favorite tree in the yard. The branches are covered in red blooms in early Spring. Then the leaves emerge as an apricot turning to lime green and later to a medium green. The branches and leaves are more dense than a Eastern or Forest Pansy redbud; even had a bird nesting in it a eye level and never saw it until the leaves began to drop. The form is symmetrical and rounded.

Rising Sun Redbud - Quite impressive after only 2 years
Tony from PA wrote on September 24, 2015:

Bought this 2 seasons ago as a bare root plan. Came as a "stick" with some rootlike structures. Put it in a buried pot for a year while i decided to plant it. First year it was pretty but not terribly large or especially impressive. But once out of the pot and planted during the second year it really 'woke up' and has really grown w/ beautiful cascades of lime green, orange and salmon colors. My wife initially 'ho hummed' it but now she comments EVERY time we walk past it. It is now September here in SE Pennsylvania after an exceptionally dry summer and this guy just keeps growing and putting out these beautiful cascades. The dryness doesn't seem to stop or slow the growth. Put this in a location that you want to get looks b/c this tree has been consistently fantastic during the entire growing season.

Absolutely fantastic decorative tree
Always looking for new jewel to brighten my landscape from OH wrote on July 20, 2014:

Medium size, shape and colors are just what I was looking for and more. I have 3 of these and they are glow of my backyard.