Photos of Cercis canadensis, Redbud.

Cercis canadensis, Redbud. From mid-March through early April, rose-lavender wisps of redbud hail the onslaught of spring verdure. Blooming just before dogwoods, Redbud is one of the best signals that winter is on its way out. The Kiowa of Oklahoma welcomed the blooming Redbud as the dawning of spring. Flowering branches were broken off and taken into homes to drive winter out. This small tree, twelve to fifty feet in height remains unnoticed most of the year except when it reaches that part of its growth cycle true to its name. In spring this tree’s common occurrence is evident.

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