Tree Tuesday – The Redbud

It’s time for Tree Tuesday as we continue to highlight Arbor Day as well as Ohio Native Plant Month. Today’s spotlight is abundant in the southern two-thirds of Ohio, with scattered distribution in the northern one-third of the state – the Redbud (also known as Eastern Redbud or Judas Tree).
This tree species heralds the arrival of spring with its showy, lavender-pink flowers that typically open in April, long before the foliage emerges. Redbud is a native of the entire eastern half of the United States except for New England but is not found in Canada, as its scientific name implies.
This ornamental tree is rapidly growing and usually multitrunked in the wild, having a vase shape with a rounded crown that reaches about 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide at maturity when found in the open. However, since it is often located at the edge of woodlands, it commonly has a leaning growth habit, trying to grow into as much sunlight as possible.
Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources