Look Up: The redbud

One of my favorite springtime flowering trees is the  eastern redbud (cercis canadensis).  I first noticed the redbud in abundance (and in the wild) when we lived in West Virginia and southern Ohio.   The bark of the tree has been used to treat dysentery and the flowers can be eaten in salads.  They need sunlight to produce their blossoms, but don’t care too much for heat or sun during the summer months so they do well in partial shade.  In the spring months they can often be spotted as part of the forest undergrowth, the colors of the flowers making them pop out.

The redbud is also known as the Judas Tree because it is believed to be the type of tree on which Judas hanged himself.  The eastern redbud, however, is a different type than the redbud which grows in the Mediterranean.

I had to look up to capture these photos.  Although redbuds are not the tallest trees in the forest  (or in Hershey Gardens where I took these pictures), they are still trees and taller than me.  I didn’t realize until I looked up that the buds sometimes sprout directly from the trunk of the tree.

47 Comments on “Look Up: The redbud”

  1. Anna Surface says:

    I love the Redbud tree. We have a glorious Redbud growing in the backyard that our daughter had won at a contest long ago. From that tree, a seedling blew and grew in another portion of the yard, yet died last year when we put in a fence. Our Redbud has now lost its cheery buds to the green leaves. Lovely photos, Robin, and I especially like the 2nd image as it is so picturesque and spring. 🙂

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    I love redbuds when they are scattered at the edges of lots of green. So pretty!

  3. sannekurz says:

    This is so wunderful…I can not think of anything like this in Europe…please correct me if I am wrong…
    Having grown up with a garden, I just recently was lucky enought to live with a garden again… it is life changing and I hope it will last!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Sannekurz. And thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

      I agree with you about having a garden. It is, indeed, life changing.

  4. pen2sword says:

    Gorgeous! And I never knew about the use for the bark or flowers. Redbuds are one of my favorite trees, not only because of their blossoms but also their heart-shaped leaves. Very distinctive (and cute).

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Pen2sword, and thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

      I forgot about the heart-shaped leaves of the redbud tree.

  5. melanirae says:

    OOOh, I love those! Our cherry trees blossomed a while ago and now it’s snowing pink. I love this time of year.

  6. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous photos. I also love the Redbuds–they look so ethereal blooming on bare branches. I tried for over six years with three different trees to get one to flourish in my yard, but alas! The Wisconsin area I live in is more Zone 3 than 4, and the cold winds that blow across my ridgetop were just too much for such a delicate beauty. Enjoy the unfolding of spring!

  7. hoklapi says:

    Lovely pictures!! =D

  8. ramonakent says:

    I love the Sweet Olive bush…They are fabulous and so sweet smelling!! The Red Bud Tree is lovely too!

  9. yildiraylise says:

    Hi there, I am gald to see that in that part of the world there are people like me admiring red bud trees. Mine favorite tree is Cercis siliquastrum, a Mediterranean species, shining my spring time. Turkey, Istanbul, Bosphorus is the main attraction point for me in this part of the world. Please see my photos via this link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=167665&id=584970002&l=830a55d705

    Best regards,
    Yildiray Lise

  10. Andrea says:

    Great photos of the redbud tree! thank you for posting them. Beautiful work! One of the greatest things we can do in this life is share the beauty around us with as many others as possible. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Sarah Gupta says:

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures…

  12. Raul says:

    Wow…what an awesome tree! There is something very simple, yet very beautiful about it. It almost looks fake. Thanks for sharing this…it’s great!


  13. Breland Kent says:

    I like this blog, very interesting!

  14. Miki says:

    Lovely pictures 🙂 and I really like the theme of looking up – it’s something that people don’t do enough, I think! You can notice some wonderful things that way, as proved by your blog.

  15. colin L beadon says:

    I wish I t’were like Breland Kent, and didn’t say more than six or so words. She never seems to dis-approve of anything. What a life without stress, pues. Un Mundo tranquilo.

  16. slamdunk says:

    Red bud trees are the Mrs. favorite. Excellent shots.

  17. Great blog!. I like it. Thanks.

  18. HuongPR says:

    awesome pics!! I like that 😉

  19. So informative! I love the Redbuds as well, but missed the festival. I hope I go next year. Kudos on the pictures! They’re super lovely! You really captured them!

  20. Very beautiful!

    Although, I don’t think we have this in my side of the planet.

  21. Jen Uy says:

    what a lovely tree! so it doesn’t have leaves… just flowers sticking out of the trunk or twig? nature’s wonders 😀

  22. batikmania says:

    Wow… the pictures are beautiful. I always love the beauty of the nature. Looking forward to see more collection of it 😉

  23. Solilo says:

    Our neighbor has a Redbud tree in their backyard. Beautiful pictures! Lovely weather we have in the US now.

  24. ratsindear says:

    Thank you so much….have never come across this..its very awe inspiring…i wonder if it is in NZ…Am gonna try and look it up…cheers…

  25. So lovely. I definitely think this is one of my favorite types of trees and you did a great job capturing it both with words and photography!

  26. Diane says:

    Thank you,very nice!!!

  27. Marcie says:

    Exquisite details!!!

  28. kiwiie says:

    I LOVE that tree i have to get one! 😀

  29. kiwiie says:

    Beautiful! outstading! 5 stars! 😉

  30. Robin says:

    Thank you so much everyone for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it. 😀

  31. Those are gorgeous pics! Those flowers are so beautiful. Great article, thank you!

  32. gloriadelia says:

    Lovely pictures. Wish Redbuds bloomed a little longer. Love your header picture, too! Congratulations being Freshly Pressed. 🙂

  33. Robin says:

    Thank you all so much! 😀

  34. Kathy says:

    I don’t think we have the redbud around here! I am so glad this post introduced us, Robin. 🙂 Thank you, Redbud Tree!

    • Robin says:

      Kathy: I checked Wikipedia (because you have me curious) and the redbud isn’t in your range. Apparently it isn’t in mine either (but don’t tell the redbuds that!). It’s a pretty popular ornamental-type tree around here so mostly it shows up in front yards (where it doesn’t always do well since it prefers to snuggle into the woods).

      Yes, thank you, Redbud. 😀

  35. […] up for NaBloPoMo.  The theme for the month was Look Up.  Early into the month, on May 6, I posted Look Up:  The redbud.  Someone at WordPress took notice and my post was one of those featured on Freshly Pressed.  […]

  36. […] Last year, as part of a NaBloPoMo theme (it should be noted NaBloPoMo has been around longer than the WordPress PostADay challenge, and I was glad to see WordPress acknowledge that), I spent a whole month looking up.  You can start here if you’re new to the Bogs blog and are curious as to how that worked out.  It was fun.  But I also have admit it wasn’t too challenging as I’m frequently looking up.  The main challenge was to avoid posting a month of cloud photos.  The main highlight was getting Freshly Pressed for this post. […]

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  38. Karen Renne says:

    I’m concerned because I thought my redbud had some sort of disease…then I saw yours pictured at the top of this page. The bark is what got me concerned but it looks just like the bark on the tree in your picture. My tree is around five years old and I don’t remember the bark looking like that before. It’s loaded with buds that are starting to flower but the bark looks so scaley…is that normal?

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