Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud
Leafless branches are smothered in small deep pink flowers in early spring, as early nectar and pollen attract native bees and butterflies. The seed pods provide food for doves, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, quail, and other birds. The heart-shaped leaves become a quilt of yellow and green in fall.
- Good fall color
- Nectar and pollen attract butterflies
- Seeds in small pea-pods provide food for birds
- Lovely single specimen or multi-trunked specimen in masses
Moist woods and hedgerows; southeastern New York to Pennsylvania, Michigan, and eastern Nebraska, south to northern Mexico and Florida.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Historically, Eastern Redbud bark and roots have been used by Native Americans medicinally to treat fevers, congestion, and dysentery.
Grows best in average soil moisture.