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Amazingly cold hardy!

Cercis Joy's Pride™

A super colr hardy selection with amazing bud retention, even in the colest places.

Bright lavendar-pink flowers bring joy each spring to Morton Arboretum visitors, where Joy’s Pride™ was discovered and named for the arboretum’s founder, Joy Sterling Morton. Proven reliably cold hardy by Chicago winters in which temperatures have plunged as low as -34 °F, Joy's Pride is a lovely sight after a harsh winter.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Joy's Pride redbud
  • Botanical Name

    Cercis candensis 'Morton'
  • Type

  • US Native?

  • Origin

    Selected by the staff at The Morton Arboretum from seedlings in their collection because it had the most cold tolerance.

  • Bloom Time

  • Bloom Color


Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    15-20' tall by 20' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil

    Adaptable to a variety of conditions
  • Moisture

    Avoid extremely wet sites or clay soils that hold moisture, and extreme drought
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Specimen, mixed border, woodland edge
  • Propagation


Available Photos

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