They are also yard friendly by tops out at 20 to 30 ft with a spread of around the same size. Spring through fall they have a full cover of leaves that will make privacy a given. They are deciduous so in the winter you’ll lose some of the privacy, but it’s worth it for the explosion of pink and magenta come late April and early May.
A little known fact is that the blossoms of the redbud are edible. They have a sweet and sour taste that is wonderful as a snack by themselves or in salads or as a garnish. The seeds are also edible. The new seeds contain proanthocyanidins that have benefits such as reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer while the flowers contain anthocyanins that offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits. Not bad for a native tree from Jersey.
Best time to plant a redbud is when it will most likely not suffering transplant shock. For North Jersey, the best time is spring and early fall. Winter soil is too hard for the roots to really develop and take hold. Summer is too hot.
The tree is deer tolerant and attracts butterflies…so what’s not to love? If you are looking for a unique way to both create a little privacy and add some color into your yard, make friends with a redbud. You’ll be happy you did.