Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

The pea-like blossoms of this tree caught my attention in early Spring firstly because of the vibrant pink colour and secondly because they appeared before the tree leaves giving it a very dramatic appearance. Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a small tree usually found in the eastern United States. Redbud is also known as Judas-tree because according to legend, Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a branch of an earlier European species.

Photo 1: Eastern Redbud buds and blooms

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Photo 2: Easter Redbud buds

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Photo 3: Eastern Redbud blossoming

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Photo 4: Eastern Redbud blooming

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Photo 5: Eastern Redbud blossoms

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