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Eastern Redbud
Family: Fabaceae
Cercis canadensis

Description: An Eastern Redbud is a tree with a short trunk, flaky bark, heart-shaped leaves, and an abundance of flowers. The fruit of this tree is a legume that is 6-8 cm (2.5-3.25 inches). The bark is dark gray or brown and when older, splits off of the trunk into scaly plates. The lavender flowers are pea-shaped and grow in clusters that practically cover the twigs. The flowers bloom in the early spring before the leaves grow. The flower has 5 slightly different shaped petals. This tree is also known as the "Judas-tree" because it is thought that the Apostle, Judas Iscariot hung himself on a branch of an Eastern Redbud.

Leaves: The simple leaves are broad and heart-shaped and come together in a wide point at the tip. The leaves do not grow on the tree at the same time as the trees flowers. In the spring the leaves are green, and in the fall the leaves are yellow. The Eastern Redbuds leaves are 6-11 cm (2.5-3.25 inches).

Habitat: This short tree grows in moist woods and thickets, but is also a decorative tree and planted all over.

Location: The Eastern Redbud I saw on campus is between South Street and the Slosberg.

Use: Eastern Redbuds can be used for its flowers, flowerbuds, and young pods. The flowers can be tossed into salad, the flowerbuds can be pickled, and the pods are good sautéed.