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.