R is for Redbud

Blooming in lines of pink across branches that Ms. Flora will not allow the rest of us squirrels to cross, Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis, is one of the most stunning of blooming trees. Or so says Ms. Flora, and she insisted we tell you that.


Where we live in suburban Washington, D. C., the redbud is blooming now, following the cherry trees, which followed the red maple trees–a continuous bloom for the honey bees and native bees in our area.

This small tree tolerates some shade at the edges of woods, growing to 30 feet high and just as wide. It really does sprout blossoms along the branches and trunk, and the seedpods can follow. If polinated!

Grab some of those seeds and try to plant one. They seem to readily sprout.


Purchase plants and seeds from a known source that does not use pesticides / insecticides, particularly neonicotinoids. They are not safe for honeybees and native bees. Watch this bee researcher’s Ted Talk to learn more about bees, why they are dying and how you can help:

Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are Disappearing


2 thoughts on “R is for Redbud

  1. Beautiful! What a wonderful pink! I am seeing this species for the first time. The flowers grow directly from the trunk.. which is not common.. Stopping by from the AtoZ. Hope to catch up on your other posts as well. Good Luck!

  2. So beautiful! I’ll have to ask my local nursery if we can plant these trees 🙂 Love the pink!

    Ronel visiting with the A-Z Challenge music and writing: Music Rush

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