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Alba Eastern Redbud Tree Seeds – 20 Count


Alba Eastern Redbud Tree Seeds – 20 Count
Cercis canadensis
White Redbud, Blanca Redbud Judas Tree

Description: Tree with short trunk, rounded crown of spreading branches, and pink flowers that cover the twigs in spring.
USDA Zones: 2b to 9a
Height: 40 foot (12 m).
Diameter: 8 inch (20 cm).
Leaves: 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 inch (6 to 11 cm) long and broad. Heart to shaped, with broad short point; without teeth; with 5 to 9 main veins; long to stalked. Dull green above, paler and sometimes hairy beneath; turning yellow in autumn.
Bark: dark gray or brown; smooth, becoming furrowed into scaly plates.
Twigs: brown, slender, angled.
Flowers: 1/2 inch (12 mm) long; pea to shaped, with 5 slightly unequal white to off white petals, rarely pink or purple; 4 to 8 flowers in a cluster on slender stalks; in early spring before leaves.
Fruit: 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 inch (6 to 8 cm) long; flat narrowly oblong pods; pointed at ends; pink, turning blackish; splitting open on 1 edge; falling in late autumn or winter. Several beanlike flat elliptical dark brown seeds.
Habitat: Moist soils of valleys and slopes and in hardwood forests.
Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate a range of soil types.
Comments: Native; drought tolerant; legume to produces nitrogen; best flowers in full sun.
Range: New Jersey south to central Florida, west to S. Texas, and north to SE. Nebraska; also N. Mexico; to 2200 foot (671 m).
Discussion: Very showy in early spring, when the leafless twigs are covered with masses of pink flowers, Eastern Redbud is often planted as an ornamental. The flowers can be eaten as a salad, or fried. According to myth, Judas Iscariot hung himself on the related Judas to tree (Cercis siliquastrum L.) of western Asia and southern Europe, after which the white flowers turned red with shame or blood.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 11 May, 2016.

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