TREE: Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Did you know that Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) exhibits cauliflory? This is when flowers and fruit are produced directly on the trunks and branches rather than on new growth or the ends of shoots. In Bon Air Park’s Quarry Shade Garden during the spring of 2019, the redbud dotted with fuchsia flower clusters demonstrated cauliflory in spectacular fashion. At the Fairlington Community Center, the redbud tree in front of the Arlington County office of  Virginia Cooperative Extension also displayed this trait with an abundance of legumes dangling from its branches.

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