Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis

This small tree is native to eastern North America. Conspicuous, magenta-pink flowers are produced in clusters along the stems and the trunk in early spring, prior to leaf emergence. Only long-tongued bees can pollinate these flowers as the shorter-tongued bees cannot reach the nectaries deep inside the flowers.
Habitat:
Moist woods.
Growth Habit:
Deciduous tree, growing to 12 m, trunk may be twisted, with spreading branches.
Bloom Time:
Early spring, before leaf emergence.
Longevity:
Short-lived.
Presence in US:
AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD MI MO MS NC NE NJ NM NY OH OK PA SC TN TX VA WI WV
Presence in Canada:
Extirpated