The Eastern Redbud
Scientific Name: Cercis Canadensis
The Eastern Redbud tree is native to Indiana and the flower buds are edible!
Information compiled by Katie J. Savage
- Native to Indiana and other parts of the U.S
- Belongs to the Legume family
- 15-30 feet tall
- Flowers and buds are edible!
- High in Vitamin C
- Deciduous foliage
- Blooms pink in March, April and May
- Redbud twigs can be used as a yellow dye
- Attracts birds!
- Attracts native bees!
Interested in growing your own redbud trees?
According to Wildflower.org, taking cuttings from this tree is “nearly impossible”, so they suggest looking for seedlings growing around mature redbud trees. These are easily removed and transplanted to your property.
You can also grow them from seed.
Although this is said to be hard to do with redbuds because of the dormancy period of the seeds, it is possible.
For instructions visit: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/cercis/canadensis.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzYOBLfsVSw (You Tube video about the Eastern Redbud)