Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'JN15'

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Rise 'N Shine Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'JN15') at Weston Nurseries

Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud flowers

Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud flowers

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Rise 'N Shine Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'JN15') at Weston Nurseries

Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud

Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Rise And Shine Redbud, Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree


A spectacular spring bloomer, with showy lavender pink flowers held on bare branches in early spring; emerging yellow leaves turn chartreuse-green in summer, then yellow-gold in fall; an excellent small ornamental tree for specimen use in the landscape

Ornamental Features

Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud features showy lavender pea-like flowers with shell pink overtones along the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive light green foliage with hints of chartreuse which emerges yellow in spring. The heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of yellow and in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Rise 'N Shine™ Redbud will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. This plant will benefit from an application of bonemeal and/or mycorrhizal fertilizer at the time of planting. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features