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The Rising Sun Redbud
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The Rising Sun Redbud

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The Rising Sun Redbud
Cersis canadensis  'JN2' PP24451

The Rising Sun is truly our favorite Redbud tree. This wonderful tree has spectacular color spring through fall. It's captivating bright purple flowers arrive in late winter running up and down all of the branches. It's new leaves are a beautiful vivid apricot, turning to an eye-catching bright golden-yellow. As the warmer season progresses the new growth emerges a striking tangerine with the mature foliage remaining yellow. In fall, the leaves turn to bright green with the new leaves remaining tangerine. What a show! Very few trees, other than some of the Japanese Maples, can compete with the fabulous show of color. We just can't say enough about The Rising Sun Redbud. We've had The Rising Sun Redbud in our test garden for several years and have not experienced any problems. Excellent heat and sun tolerance, drought tolerance, heavy periods of rainfall, you name it...this tree has survived and performed wonderfully through all of it. 

The Rising Sun Redbud grows well in almost any type of soil that is well-drained and full sun to part sun. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5a-9b. Find Your Zone >

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree
Height at Maturity:  12-15'
Width at Maturity:  12-15'
Spacing:  18'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Purple
Flower Size:  Small Flowers in Long Clusters
Flowering Period:  Late Winter
Flower Type:  Single, in Clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Apricot, Bright Golden Yellow, Tangerine, Bright Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  6.5 - 8.0 (Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low when left in it's natural form
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Songbirds, Hummingbirds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Insect, Drought

The Rising Sun Redbud is excellent for use as a single specimen focal tree for just about anywhere in the landscape that gets full sun to part sun. It's smaller size of 12-15' tall x 12-15' wide allows it to fit well in many different applications.  

Other Landscape / Garden Uses:  Background, Flowering Tree Border, Small Groupings, Single Specimen Tree, Woodland Border, Entryways, Near Sitting Areas, Pond Gardens

Theme Gardens:  Asian Gardens, Bird Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Cut Flower Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Wildlife Gardens, Xeriscape Gardens (low water needs)

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5 Stars
Rising Sun & Wilson Bros.
The Rising Sun Redbud Wilson Bros. shipped to me is a healthy, robust, spectacular tree. Wilson Bros. answered all my questions about their stock before I ordered. They are incredibly knowledgeable and their customer support is as spectacular as the Rising Sun! Wilson Bros. staff were extremely helpful before, during after my purchase. Wilson Bros. customer service is the highest quality and so is the tree they shipped to me. ---------- WBG Response: Hi Joyce - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your review and for all the compliments! It makes everything we do even more worth the while. It was our pleasure to serve you. Am looking very forward to getting the Crambe plants you kindly offered and trying them out here in north central Georgia. We'll keep our fingers crossed. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service. Plant long and prosper! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from North East WA State. on 9/19/2017
4 Stars
Lovely Tree
I bought this tree as a replacement for a tree I had to have removed. It was an old tree which had grown on a slant and was now too close to my house. With the recent storms I was afraid the old tree would crash into the house at some point. I noticed 2 types of the redbud growing in my neighborhood and liked the way they look and decided to find one as a replacement. During my search I ran across the rising sun and immediately fell in love with the colorful leaves and decided to purchase it. It arrived promptly in good shape and I was pleased. I planted it immediately and it appears to be doing well so far. The only thing that worries me a little is, it seems to have attracted a leaf cutter bee. I didn't have this problem with the old tree, but I researched info on this and found it shouldn't do harm with the tree. If this is wrong, more info would be appreciated. Other than that I am satisfied with my purchase. It's only been planted for about 2-3 weeks so I can't give it 5 stars. I'll have to see how it does through the season. ------- WBG Reply: Hi Venus - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide a review. Glad to hear your Rising Sun Redbud is doing well. We've got one that's several years old...it's tripled in size and is doing spectacular. We haven't noticed any serious insect problems on ours. That said, it's much larger now and a few leaves might have some minor damage from a random caterpillar or two (usually the tussock moth larvae in our area). This happens to all the redbuds and most other trees in our gardens, but the damaged leaves don't really stand out among the large number of untouched leaves. When a tree is younger and much smaller, any damage to just a few leaves will show up more. If over half of a leaf on a young tree is damaged I usually snip the leaf off at it's base. Keep us posted as to how your Rising Sun does over the long term and let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service! - Brent Wilson | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from Bronx, NY. on 6/16/2017
5 Stars
Beautiful tree
We had to replace a sago palm we had given away and needed something narrow or treeform to replace it. Not many things are less than 15 feet tall, zone 9, and a native tree so 'Rising Sun' redbud was a perfect fit. We ordered ours at the end of May/start of June to a location in North Florida, Zone 9a-9b. Tree arrived intact and healthy (some of the leaves were damaged but this isn't really avoidable when shipping plants). The price is also quite competitive based on other nurseries I looked at (it's apparently hard to get this cultivar because it is very patented). We planted ours within a day or two of its arrival and it already has some new growth and seems to be doing fine despite being planted during June in Florida. It's planted next to our driveway in full sun* and the unique reddish gradient growth looks great alongside our coontie cycads, orange coneflowers, and blue&black salvias. The leaves might look kind of "droopy" if it receives a lot of Deep South afternoon sun in the summer, I see this even on mature/well-established plants where I live. This is probably because wild redbuds in the Eastern US generally grow as "understory trees" so take that into account when planting. As long as they receive plenty of moisture this is mostly just an aesthetic issue (ours is planted in afternoon sun and is doing fine but I live very close to the coast in an area with plenty of wetlands so that might be why) but it is something to consider. ------------ WBG REPLY: Hi Avery - Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review and share the extra information you did about The Rising Sun Redbud. We've had a Rising Sun growing in our own gardens here in north-central Georgia for about 4 years and absolutely love it. Out of the five redbud varieties we have in the gardens it's the top performer, and no doubt gets the most attention from visitors. We planted in a site that receives quite a bit of direct sun (from about 9am to 4pm) and it's doing fine. But the sun here isn't as close to the earth as it is in central Florida so you're probably right about it appreciating some shade or filtered sun during the hottest part of Florida afternoons. Keep us posted as to how it does over the long term there in Florida and let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service! - Brent Wilson | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from North Florida. on 6/13/2017

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