AboutEastern Redbuds are a highly ornamental tree that is attractive all year long as the showy spring flowers give way to emerging reddish heart-shaped leaves that turn green in summer and brown pods that remain on the tree after the bronzed leaves fall. Redbuds compact size, rounded crown, graceful arched branches, and resilient nature make it a popular choice for residential properties and will compliment any space it is planted. It is a great understory option if you have large trees in your yard, and also stands on its own in full sun.
Butterflies and hummingbirds utilize redbuds for nectar. Honeybees use the flowers for pollen. Native Americans boiled the bark to make tea to treat whooping cough. The flowers can be fried and eaten. But perhaps the neatest and rarest trait is that Redbuds are ‘ramiflorous’, bearing flowers and fruits on bare branches. There’s something for everyone with this beauty!