In Praise of Redbud

Eastern redbud, Cercis Canadensis

I never fail to smile when the first magenta flowers of Eastern redbud appear in my area. Blooming with abandon at the edges of forests, along roadsides and in gardens, the showy tree produces a sharp color contrast that instantly distinguishes it from other trees in the landscape. One of my friends (a redbud-lover) always shouts REDBUD! when her own dazzling specimen bursts into bloom. That seems to me a fitting way to describe the flowering of this upbeat ornamental tree. Continue reading