Thursday, May 4, 2017

Red Buds

            I saw that the Red Buds have flowered today.

            The tree with a heart, heart shaped leaves that is; but that comes later. Now they are flowering up and down their branches and stems in a color that looks more like pinkish purple and red.

            Red Buds grow to about 25 feet tall with an equal spread. They don’t mind a little shade, and grow in any well drained soil. Fall leaf color is yellow.

            I have planted these trees by patios because of their long horizontal branching that gives it a partial canopy affect.

            A not so stellar bit of trivia, the Redbud is also known as the Judas tree. According to legend, Judas Iscariot hanged himself on a redbud species.

            Aside from this dark figure in history the Red Bud is a beautiful tree throughout all three seasons, and even into the winter with this horizontal branching.

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