Redbud ‘Little Woody’

Arbor walk #38

This deciduous understory tree is the state tree of Oklahoma and is native to Missouri and much of the Eastern and Central US. It grows in medium moisture, medium fertility soils.

Name Redbud
Latin Name Cercis canadensis ‘Little Woody’
Type Native Cultivar
Diameter 6.5″ dbh
Color of Leaf Dark green, change to clear yellow during fall
Shape of Leaf Simple, alternate leaves; heart-shaped
Color of Flower Rose-pink to magenta
Shape of Flower Pea-like blossoms, growing in small clusters
Fruit Characteristics A 2-3″ long pod. From reddish green to brown
Bark Characteristics Brown with inner orange-red coloration
Foliage Type Deciduous

As a result of its ideal growing conditions, it is found in a variety of environments in the wild, including open woodlands, thickets, woodland margins, limestone glades and along rocky streams and bluffs throughout Missouri. The ‘Little Woody’ cultivar is a dwarf cultivar of the native species, with a stockier and more vase-like shape, which it maintains without pruning. Unfortunately, this tree is not very disease resistant, and is susceptible to forms of blight as well as dieback and leaf spotting.

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