Eastern Redbud is most known for its beautiful display of delicate pink blossoms in the spring. The tree is deciduous, meaning that it loses its leaves in the fall. The Eastern Redbud has branches that interweave together forming unique patterns. Often the trunk has a curve in it and starts dividing and branching relatively close to the ground. The bark on the tree is dark and smooth on young trees, but as trees get older, the bark gets scaly with ridges. In the proper conditions, the tree will grow between 13 and 24 inches per year. Eastern Redbuds can grow in most types of soil; however, they grow best in medium-moisture and well-drained soil; the ground should be fertile and receive regular moisture. Eastern redbuds shouldn't be transplanted, planting them while they are young and leaving them undisturbed. Starting in the spring, rosy pink blossoms start appearing on the tree. The blooms arrive in clusters and are quite small at only 1.5cm long. These trees begin producing flowers at four years old. As temperatures warm up and summer approaches, alternate, simple, heart-shaped, thin and papery leaves, that are between 2-6 inches long, start appearing. In late spring and early summer, the leaves are reddish. As summer continues, the leaves turn dark green. In the fall, the leaves turn yellow before they fall off the tree. During the winter, the Eastern Redbud is home to pods that are 2-3 inches long and are dark-brown in color. The beautiful trees are often used as shrub borders, woodland borders and along patios. The Eastern Redbud if a distinctive feature in the Eastern and Central parts of the United States.
Redbud Tree — Cercis canadensis
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