American Redbud(Cercis canadensis)
Redbud trees produce beautiful edible flowers early in spring that can be added to salads or used as a garnish. They have a flavor similar to snow peas and are thought to have health benefits similar to those in red wine (think bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants). The trees also serve as a host plant to the larvae to several butterflies and moths.
From Oikos on the origin of this strain:
“Starting in the early 90’s I found an old Alba tree here in southwest Michigan which Icollected seeds from. They did not turn out true to fl ower color but did produce much larger and robust trees with largerleaves than the native Michigan seed sources we used previously. One tree grew to 45 ft. tall with a wide open vase typetree structure. Others fl owered on small plants when only 4-5 ft. tall. For this reason, we think this mid-western seedsource is a good one including hardiness taking minus 25 F once on the top of our windy hill planting with no winterinjury. The fl ower yield is very high which are produced all along the branches”
Plants are provided in a deep 3″ plastic pot provided by Oikos Nursery.
|Native Plant Category||
Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
Edible, Host Plants