Family Fabaceae (Pea family)
Redbuds are attractive deciduous trees or shrubs. Leaves are broad, rounded, and heart-shaped at the base. In the spring, clusters of sweet pea-shaped flowers bloom on bare twigs and branches. Blossoms are rose-colored or purplish-pink. Beanlike pods form after flowers. Leaves turn yellowish in fall before dropping.
Optimum conditions for growth
Redbuds do best in areas with full sun or with light shade. Most species require moderate to regular amounts of water. Plants need some winter chill for the best floral display. Prune during the dormant season or after bloom.
Leaves of western redbud
Flowers of redbud
Spring flowers of eastern redbud
Pods of eastern redbud