Mystery plant 055

This native tree grows in the central and eastern regions of North America and is popular as a landscaping tree due to its spring flowers.  When you recognize it and can identify it, leave a comment with both the common and scientific names.  Please share any personal connection you may have with this plant.


New leaves in spring


Leaves and leaf arrangement


Leaves turning fall color


Developing seed pods


Mature seed pods


Emerging flower buds




Close view of flowers


Tree in bloom


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Redubd (Cercis canadensis).

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9 Responses to Mystery plant 055

  1. Teri Grout says:

    Mystery plant 055 is Eastern redbud (Cersis canadensis). We don’t see these up here in the frigid U.P. of Michigan, but I enjoy seeing them when I visit relatives in the Lower Peninsula.

  2. Rhonda D says:

    Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud

  3. Val says:

    Redbud of course…and flowers were a delicious nibble and a beautiful addition to my salad last night! Cercis canadensis…a wonderful native tree.

  4. Judith says:

    Redbud, Cercis canadensis. My favorite tree. When I was a kid, we’d drive to the VA mountains in April on “Redbud weekend” and point out all the Redbuds we could find on the way.

  5. Margaret says:

    Cercis species, beautiful tree 🙂

  6. Emma Leeman-Phillips says:

    My husband and I winter in eastern Tennessee where we have this most natural tree in the state in our yard. The beautiful blossoms just turned into beautiful heart shaped leaves and the color reminds me of a Japanese maple. I’ve never seen the pods before but would be happy to take a photo of the leaves at this very moment if you would wish to have it for you collection. Before we left Winterport Maine in the fall we planted two of these tree species on the south side of our property hoping they might make it but we won’t know for sure until we return in a couple of weeks! I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  7. Barbara Schoenberger says:

    One of my favorite trees. The Eastern Redbuds are blooming beautifully here in Indiana and Ohio.

  8. Angelyn says:

    Yes, indeed, this is Redbud (Cercis canadensis). Several of you shared your deep connection and enjoyment of this tree. I, too, appreciate its gorgeous spring flowers. When I moved to my current location I brought a seedling from a parent tree at my last house. Last fall I spread seed pods from that transplanted tree to lots of places in the landscape — hoping for even more Redbud trees near me in future years.

  9. David Ladweoute says:

    There is a White sub species named Royal White Eastern Redbud. I have seen it in flower at Powell Gaedens East of Kansas City where I am a member. Quite spectacular and other than White flowers appears the same as the “red” version.

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