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Eastern Redbud is a fairly common understory tree with large cordate (heart-shaped) alternate leaves. In North Carolina, Eastern Redbud is primarily found in the Mountain and Piedmont regions.
Orange Co., NC 5/16/09.
The twigs tend to grow in a zigzag pattern.
In early spring, redbuds produce masses of pink flowers. Chapel Hill, NC 4/11/04.
Occasionally flower masses emerge directly from the trunk. Chapel Hill, NC 4/11/04.
On rare trees, flowers are pale pink or even white.
Flat fruit pods develop soon after the flowers drop. These dry pods turn brown when ripe.
Granville Co., NC 4/29/07.
Bark of a young tree.
Trunks are often forked.
Bark of a medium-sized tree.
Trees of Alabama and the Southeast
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All photographs and text ©2009 by Will Cook unless otherwise indicated.