Eastern Redbud

Cercis Canadensis

The delicate redbud tree is well-loved by Kentuckians. The native tree is one of the first spring trees to bloom along the edges of the woods and in our gardens. The delicate branches seem covered with pink blossoms. According to a Christian myth, Judas Iscariot hanged himself on a redbud tree. At that time the blossoms were white, but they turned pink with shame and every year the tree hides itself in blushes. Following the flowers, graceful heart-shaped leaves appear. In autumn these leaves turn yellow. Other than the fact that the blossoms can be fried or eaten in a salad, the tree has no commercial value. However, it is a highly valued ornamental.