Howling Woods Farm

Cercis canadensis

Cercis canadensis, the eastern redbud, is a large deciduous (leaf shedding) shrub or small tree, native to eastern North America from southern Ontario, south to northern Florida but which can thrive as far west as California. It is the state tree of Oklahoma. It grows 15-30 feet high.

It’s a tree with a short trunk, rounded crown of spreading branches, and pink flowers that cover the twigs in spring. Its pink flowers, borne in tight clusters along the stems and branches before new leaves appear, create a showy spring display. The foliage is not very showy in the fall.