Do You Know Bud (Redbud, that is)?


Many of you responded to my previous post about Redbud, scientific name Cercis canadensis, by saying that you were not familiar with the tree.   Commonly called Eastern Redbud, it is a deciduous, often multi-trunked understory tree with a rounded crown and is noted for its stunning pea-like rose-purple flowers which bloom profusely on bare branches in early spring (March-April) before the foliage emerges.  

The tree is native to eastern and central North America from Connecticut to New York to southern Ontario and the Great Lakes south to Western Texas and Florida( ).  Here in Virginia, we often see it in open meadows, and along roads and rivers.

My blogging pal, Pauline, The Contented Crafter, thought the Redbud looked familiar, and in doing a quick online search, found that in New Zealand they call it The Judas Tree.


Littlesundog, writing from Oklahoma, commented that she loved the beautiful blooms and the heartshaped leaves.

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If you don’t have Redbud in your area, feel free to come visit Southwest Virginia in the spring and I’ll be happy to show you around!

43 thoughts on “Do You Know Bud (Redbud, that is)?

    • In the spring, you can see Redbud trees all along the interstate highway … makes for travel on an interstate so much better!

    • I’ll look forward to seeing that post! The blooms are just starting to fall from my tree and the ground below is dotted with purple leaves …so pretty.

  1. And in doing further research, because I love the heart shaped leaves too, I found it is also commonly called ‘the forest pansy’ which I hadn’t heard of before – have you? I’m curious about how it got the common name ‘Judas tree’ too – more research required! They are available to purchase here – very expensive though – I was looking at a price around $70 for a 1.5m specimen!

    • I had not heard of the forest pansy name. I did mention the Judas Tree to a group of women who gathered on my porch last night, and one had heard of that.
      What a shame they are so expensive as they bring such joy!

    • Isn’t it funny how we get so used to our own natural surroundings and then to realize that others aren’t familiar with certain species. I also have to keep reminding myself that folks in the southern hemisphere are just entering fall, while we are embracing spring.

  2. gorgeous photos LB…I really love this tree…but I think our weather is too cold here in Northern Ontario, judging by where it grows…

    • yeah, I was surprised that it said the range was in Canada … I wondered how it would grow there. SO beautiful, right?

  3. Lovely shots. We love the redbuds! We have the purple leaf variety lining our driveway, and the regular leaf redbuds are scattered all over the property and in the woods! As for the northern climates, I brought one to my mom years ago (SE Nebraska). They grow more like a shrub there, not getting as tall as our trees here, but they bloom each spring. People remark to her all of the time, “What kind of tree IS that?” LOL

  4. I can’t imagine how gorgeous that view is from your porch. Throw in a glass of wine and it’d be hard to leave. Beautiful close up too LB, so crisp and clear.

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