The Rising Sun™ Redbud

Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’

Alternate Name: Rising Sun Eastern Redbud

The Rising Sun™ Redbud is a hybrid of unknown parentage but is thought to be related to the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis). It was found growing in Belvidere, Tennessee, in 2006 by Jackson Nursery owners Cindy and Ray Jackson. This stunning tree is deciduous with a beautiful pyramidal form. The branches make up beautifully layered tiers of multicolored, hanging leaves. Also known as the Cercis canadensis ‘Rising Sun,’ this tree grows to a height of 8-12 feet and a width of 8-12 feet.

The flowers of The Rising Sun Redbud tree are a pretty lavender-rose color. They appear in small clusters, covering the branches in spring. They are followed by large, multi-colored, heart-shaped leaves that emerge in shades of orange, gold, and yellow. The leaves mature to an attractive chartreuse green in summer. But as the tree keeps producing new leaves, there is always an eye-catching mixture of different colored leaves throughout the growing season. Fall brings a stunning bright orange and yellow foliage display.

Cercis canadensis ‘Rising Sun’ is a wonderful tree for small landscapes. It can be used for its coarse texture and multi-colored leaves to contrast with finer textured conifers and azaleas. It also works well in Asian-inspired gardens, planted with Japanese Maples, cherry, and pine trees. 

The Rising Sun Redbud is attractive to butterflies and birds. It is also tolerant of heat and drought. This tree can be susceptible to verticillium wilt if planted in heavy, wet soil.


Height: 8-12 ft.

Width: 8-12 ft.

Shape: Pyramidal/Rounded

Flower Color: Rose pink-lavender

Flowering Time: April

Fall Color: Yellow, Orange

Features: Rose pink/lavender showy spring flowers, multi-colored heart-shaped leaves, attractive fall color

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Prefers moderately rich, moist and well-drained soil. Tolerant of clay soil.

Growth Rate: Moderate

USDA Zones: 5-9

Uses: Accent tree, small landscapes, woodland landscapes

Similar trees: Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy,' Cercis canadensis 'Ace of Hearts,’ Cercis canadensis 'Covey'