Cercis Canadensis Also known as the Eastern Redbud
Highly ornamental, large deciduous tree reaching 25-35 feet tall. It is particularly noted for its stunning pea-like rose-purple flowers which bloom profusely on bare branches in early spring (March-April) before the foliage emerges, followed by conspicuous long seed pods that start out lime green and age to purple-brown. The rounded heart-shaped leaves emerge apple green and develop to bluish-green.
The young, small redbud plants are not cold hardy below 20 degrees F. Older plants are no problem at 10 degrees F. or less, zones 4-8. In colder areas, the leaves take a nice fall color of yellow or red. Tolerant of lime or acid soils, pH 5.5-8 is safe. The smooth silvery-gray branches are picturesque in the winter landscape. Plant in full sun to light shade with good drainage. Drought tolerant once established. Flowers and young pods are edible, and hummingbirds feed on its nectar. Also attracts butterflies!
This tree is native to eastern and central North America from Connecticut to New York to southern Ontario and the Great Lakes south to Western Texas and Florida.