EASTERN REDBUD (Cercis canadensis)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: EASTERN REDBUD (Cercis canadensis)

medium size tree that greets spring with it’s bright pink flowers. Does best in cooler areas of FL.

According to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (via wildflower.org):

Special Value to Native Bees (Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of native bees.)
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees (A plant that native bees nest beneath, within, or harvest parts from to
construct their nests.)

Learn: http://hort.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/cercana.pdf

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Cercis+canadensis

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3564

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