Native Plant Spotlight-Eastern Redbud

Redbud, Eastern Redbud, or Cercis Canadensis is a wonderful spring blooming tree that lights up the Pennsylvania landscape every year in late March and early April.  The flowers range from magenta, to pink, to purplish lavender.  

The show does not let up in the spring.  Large heart shaped leaves are an exotic treat in the summer ranging in color from dark green to crimson brown.  Yellow is the treat from the fall foliage, and the V shaped trees shape is even appealing in the winter.  At maturity Cercis Canadensis reaches heights of 20-30ft with a spread of pretty similar proportions.  

Eastern Redbud flowers are edible, rich in antioxidants, and were utilized in traditional Native American medicine. 

If you are in need of a native tree with visual appeal all year long and stunning spring flowers, then the Eastern Redbud might just be your perfect landscape solution. 

Published by scottmeneely

Gardener passionate about organic gardening, fresh food, sustainable landscaping, home brewing, and much more! Our nursery also includes my wife and 2 kids. We work together, learn together, and travel together. My wife is Panamanian and we try to grow lots of good Latin American ingedients. We live in Baldwin, Pennsylvania in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

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