Cercis canadensis L.
Eastern redbud is native to eastern North America. Cultivars of eastern redbud are popular as ornamental plants.
Identification: This small tree reaches heights of 30' (9.1 m), though it is usually about half that height. The crown is often quite irregular in shape. It has dark bark that is smooth in younger trees and becomes scaly as the three ages. Broad, oval shaped leaves are about 4" (10 cm) around. As these plants begin to bloom, it looks almost as if the branches are covered with purple felt. Then the buds open, producing attractive pink/purple flowers. Fruits resemble brown pea pods, 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) in length.
Cercis canadensis on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook
Cercis canadensis at Illinois Wildflowers
Cercis canadensis on Wikipedia
Cercis canadensis at the Ohio State University PLANTFacts database
Cercis canadensis at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site
Cercis canadensis at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Cercis canadensis at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Cercis canadensis on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Cercis canadensis at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Cercis canadensis at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Cercis canadensis on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Cercis canadensis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 4-9: