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Cercis canadensis



Florida native


A frequent small tree of mesic hammocks, rich woods, roadsides and yards in northern Florida south to Hillsborough and Polk Counties. The range extends throughout the eastern United States as far north as New York and Massachusetts, west to Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico, plus Ontario.
Redbud is a small tree, growing to 8m (26 ft.) tall and short-lived, typically less than 20 years. Distinctive when in bloom, with numerous small dark magenta to purple flowers appearing in spring before the leaves. Clusters of 4 to 8 flowers are on peduncles. The uppermost petal of redbud flowers is in front of the lateral petals. The heart-shaped leaves are alternate.

Spring Redbud by Paul Rebmann

Cercis canadensis is a member of the Fabaceae - Pea family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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