Regal Redbuds Blossoming Now

Redbud along St. Olaf Avenue
Redbud along St. Olaf Avenue

Minnesota Strain Redbud trees are now blossoming or forming blossoms.  This is always an exciting time of year, as the stunning yellow of the Forsythia trees and shrubs is fading, the iridescent purple of Minnesota Strain Redbud is coming on strong, covering smooth grey branches with hundreds of bright magenta/purple blossoms.

Minnesota Strain Redbuds have become my favorite flowering tree, not just because I love the masses of purple blossoms that add a wonderful burst of color to the landscape after a long winter, but also because these blossoms last so long!   While the blossoms of most flowering trees last 7 to 12 days, the Minnesota Strain Redbuds sport blossoms that usually last 20 to 30 days.  That is more than twice as many days to enjoy the feast for the eyes of the Redbud’s regal purple.Redbud

Redbuds can be planted in full sun to partial shade, and prefer properly drained soils.  Avoid we spots.  In Minnesota, the mature size is usually 15′ to 20′ tall and wide.

Our inventory of Minnesota Strain Redbuds is strong with over 100 in stock in a variety of sizes, and as single stem trees or clumps/multi-stems.

4 thoughts on “Regal Redbuds Blossoming Now”

  1. I’m so excited to have found a Minnesota hearty strain of Redbud at Knecht’s!! I first cast my eyes on the beauty of the Redbud at a garden nursery I worked at as a young man in Minnetonka. They are mature stunningly beautiful trees now but the employees there now had no idea who might inventory this “gem”. Then I found you! I would like your opinion as to whether or not you think the Rddbud would survive and thrive in Duluth where I live? I live a short three blocks from Lake Superior so we are a solid zone 4 although I never have seen anyone growing a Redbud growing this far north.

    G.A. Houdek

  2. It’s probably a 50/50. If you haven’t seen any – doesn’t mean there aren’t any. You could always try a small one which would be less money and see. I would make sure you plant it in a protected area, wrap the trunk in the winter time and then be sure that you mulch it in well.

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