The bright, pink flowers of Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis var. canadensis) and Texas redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis) are announcing that Spring has arrived in Central Texas. The cheery blooms emerge directly from the bare trunk and branches, often covering the entire tree; the blooms are soon followed by heart-shaped leaves. Redbud blossoms are reportedly edible and high in Vitamin C and are also an important nectar source for honeybees. Redbuds are members of the Pea family, producing seed-filled pods in late summer. Redbuds are easily propagated- seedlings readily germinate under the parent tree and transplant well. The Texas Redbud is a reliable, hardy, small tree that has no major pests or disease concerns. It would make a great addition to most Central Texas landscapes.
Photo Credit: Lynn and Campbell Loughmiller, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center