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Common Name: Redbud

Species Name: Cercis canadensis

Plant Type: Woody

Family Name: Fabaceae, Pea Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Eastern half and extends westward to eastern Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and northeastern Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Dark bark with scaly plates
    • Alternate, wide, heart-shaped leaves


    • Clusters of pink, legume-type flowers on knotty spurs
    • Stout, flat bean pods
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Growth Form: Tree 
    • Leaf Type: Simple 
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate 
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Entire
    • Leaf Blade Length: 6-11 centimeters
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 5
    • Flower Color: Pink or purplish pink
    • Flower Timing: April
    • Fruit Type: Legumes



Soil Type Loamy or sandy soils
Habitat Bottomlands, moist upper slopes, open woods and open in the rocky soils of draws
Successional Stage Mid


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