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Plants Used in the Governor's Landscape

Check out these nine plant varieties used in the Georgia governor's mansion project -- and the planting information for each zone.

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eastern redbud has a decorative seed pod in fall
Photo 9 of 9This small tree is noted for its purple/pink flowers that appear before the leaves, in early spring.

Eastern Redbud(9 of 9)

Cercis Canadensis

  • Small, deciduous tree noted for its purple/pink flowers in early spring before the leaves

  • Has decorative bean-like seed pods fall through winter

  • Drought tolerant once established

  • Tolerant of poor and alkaline soil

  • Plant in full sun to light shade

  • Prune after flowering in spring; fertilize in late spring

  • Height: 15-20 feet

  • Width: 15 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade.

  • Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

  • Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

  • Zone 9: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

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