Redbud

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Cercis canadensis
REDBUD

Fabaceae
E. North America

Location: map coordinates K-32 (near southeast corner of Mishoe Science Center), N 39°11'10'' W 75°32'26''; and
S-15 (north side of Loockerman Hall), N 39°11'7'' W 75°32'41''

Planting history: K-32: Planting history presently unknown.
S-15: Variety ‘Heartbreaker’, weeping form. Planted 4/18/13 Earth Day. Source: Ronny’s Garden World. Gift from Arbor Day Foundation.

Description:
  • large deciduous shrub, or small tree
  • etymology: Cercis from Greek kerkis; canadensis = of Canada or northeastern North America
  • also known as eastern redbud
  • leaves heart-shaped
  • flowers deep pink, irregular; in small clusters all along the older branches; appearing before the leaves; very showy in spring
  • fruit is a legume; thin, flat, several-seeded (in pea/bean/legume family)

Native species in Delaware, State Rank SH (historically known in Delaware, but not seen in >20 years)

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    There are 2 labeled Eastern redbud trees.
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