The Eastern Redbud doesn’t need much introduction. The rose-pink flowers that literally cover the bare branches in early spring before the foliage emerges have made it a very popular small tree for residential or public gardens and landscape naturalization. The heart-shaped leaves, which turn bright yellow in the fall, are also very attractive and make for a nice, rounded canopy.
It is an important species for early pollinators; the flowers are pollinated mainly by long-tongue bees like the carpenter bees.
Germination: best with dipping the seeds into hot water and then sowing right away. This will lead to fissures in the seed coat and allow water absorption. Without this procedure, seeds will germinate anyway but over a longer time period.
Other uses: The flowers and (roasted) seeds were reportedly eaten by Native Americans.