A SURE SIGN THAT SPRING IS ARRIVING
Yes, we have our peepers being noisy and some people use this as a sign that spring has arrived. To me, I like seeing our Redbud trees in bloom as the sign of spring. As I drive around the Richmond area I love seeing these trees in bloom in our woods. Their clusters of pink to fuchsia flowers hug the bare branches before the tree ever considers leafing out. Then, at the end of flowering, it gives way to its heart-shaped leaves.
The Eastern Redbud tree is considered a native tree in our area. Matter of fact, The Virginia Native Plant Society named Eastern Redbud as Wildflower of the Year for 2013.
Judas tree is another common nickname for the Eastern Redbud tree. It is Biblical. According to legend, it was the tree on which Judas hanged himself when he realized what he had done to cause Jesus’ death on a cross.
Here is a list of some of the different varieties of Redbud that we will have this spring:
- Eastern Redbud
- Hearts of Gold
- Forest Pansy
- Rising Sun
- Ruby Falls (weeping)
Each of these varieties has its own unique growing characteristics.
In general, here are some basic characteristics and growing habits to know about Redbud trees:
- Redbud trees grow to be 15 – 30 feet tall and just as wide.
- Early pink to fuschia blooms. Excellent source of early spring pollen and nectar for bees.
- It is host to Henry’s Elfin caterpillar.
- Tolerates clay soil and poor growing conditions.
- Attracts butterflies to its flowers. Birds and mammals will eat the seed pods.
- Great understory plant under the canopy of larger growing pines and oaks.
- Tolerates moist soil.
- Hardy in USDA Zones 4 – 8 (we are zone 7).
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NATIVE AND POLLINATOR FRIENDLY PLANTS…
Come to our free, educational seminar this Saturday, March 20 @ 10:00.