Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

RedbudWhen Redbud (Cercis canadensis) blooms, spring has definitely arrived in North America.  The flowers grow first, with short stalks, directly from the tree’s branches.  While the flowers bloom, new Redbud leaves begin to break from their winter buds and make their appearance.

Here’s a closer view of Redbud’s pea-like flowers.

RedbudFertilized Redbud flowers become pods with seeds.  It takes all summer for the tiny pods to grow large, ripen to a dark brown color and become brittle.

RedbudRedbud leaves are heart-shaped with a blunt tip.  Their venation is palmate.

RedbudIn the fall, the leaf color shifts from green to yellow.


Watch this video of one year in the life of Redbud (Cercis canadensis) to see how the leaves grow from lime green to dark green and then yellow, to closely observe the parts of the pea-like flowers, and to study Redbud’s seeds — taken from a nearly ripe pod.

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2 Responses to Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

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  2. Julia Pace says:

    Nicely done. Look forward to more. Wouldn’t have minded information about soil, moisture and sun preferences and whether the Red-bud has been used for baskets, medicine, tea, or food. As in why I would want to differentiate this tree from a similar one other than just because of the love of plants.

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