Redbud, Cercis canadensis

Native to central and eastern US, redbud is an early spring flowering small tree. Its tiny lilac or pink flowers cluster along the stem and come out before the folaige.  At the J.C.Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina, the National Redbud Collection has 53 taxa or different kinds. Many of these could be hardy in Minnesota, but have not been grown and tested here. Kay’s Early Hope, left, was named for Kay Yow, NCState’s women’s basketball coach. It is early to flower and one of the last to finish blooming. Typical of redbud, it has multi-stems instead of a single trunk.

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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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