Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required
Looking for a stunning tree to add to your landscaping? Check out the Cercis canadensis, also known as the Eastern Redbud or Northern Zone 6 Redbud. This small tree features a sturdy upright trunk with stout branches that spread into a broad, flat head. Found in rich bottom lands throughout the Mississippi River valley, it will grow in the shade and becomes a dense undergrowth in the forest. In the wild, it's a frequent native understory tree in mixed forests and hedgerows. When planted in your landscape, it adds a pop of color with its rose-colored flowers that appear before the leaves in spring. And if you love edible plants, both the flowers and young leaves can be added to salads for a refreshing, acidic taste. The Cercis canadensis prefers deep sandy loam and a sunny position. It succeeds in most soils and pH types but dislikes poorly-draining clay soils. This slow-growing tree can reach up to 30 feet tall at maturity and is hardy in northern zone 6, so it's perfect for colder climates. Don't miss the chance to add this beautiful tree to your landscape!