Redbud (eastern redbud, Canadian redbud) is a deciduous flowering tree, often said to be one of the most beautiful of flowering native trees. The trunk is divided close to the ground, branches spreading, forming a flat-topped to rounded crown. The redbud’s native range is Massachusetts to Florida, west to Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico. They add seasonal ornamental attributes to landscapes, rewarding with expressive and much-anticipated spring flowers, elegant and artistic branching structure, clean dark summer foliage, and respectable yellow fall color.
- Scientific name: Cercis canadensis
- Range: across the Eastern U.S. into the Southwest
- Height: 20-30′ high and wide
- Fruit: brown pod, 2-3″ long
- Flowers: rosy pink to red-purple, bee activity is intense when trees are in flower
- Edible: the redbud’s flowers are edible with a slightly sour, nutty flavor
- Fall colors: leaves turn bright yellow
If Trees Could Sing…
Click here to see Rodney Atkins talk about one of his favorite trees. Video courtesy of The Nature Conservancy and Rodney Atkins.