Redbud Glory!

I have been in Oklahoma and Kansas during the beginning of their spring seasons.

It is so beautiful to see the landscape dotted with multicolored Redbud trees with varying hues of light and dark pink, fuchsia, magenta, purples, amethyst, orchid and even white blossoms.

In Utah the Redbud trees are becoming more popular and usually bloom 3-4 weeks later than the Midwest areas of the United States.

In Utah, the eastern Redbud variety is not as hardy but the California Redbud tree has a much better chance of surviving our harsh winters

(Family: Fabaceae or Bean (Pea)

Native to southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California; a shrub to small tree similar to C. canadensis but with smaller leaves that are not pointed at the tip. Worth trying in warm locations. Zones 7-9.)

       

I delight in taking photographs of these beautiful trees with their very tiny and compact blossoms.

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On a warm sunny Saturday afternoon, Pennie and I went to an amazing nursery in Tulsa with a wide variety of plants and trees.

The Redbud trees were in full bloom and we ambled the aisles of the nursery in awe of the beautiful foliage.

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I especially loved this Redbud tree that looked like a flowering waterfall called the Redbud traveler.

The tree was about 3 to 4 feet tall and had a price tag of only $200.00.

I wont’ be adding “one of these babies,” to my yard anytime soon.  LOL!

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I was able to find specific information about the Redbud tree at the following link:

http://www.ehow.com/about_6631022_redbud-tree-information.html

The redbud tree is an ornamental deciduous plant, also sometimes called a Judas tree.

The scientific name of the redbud is Cercis canadensis.

The tree flowers in the spring and looks similar to a dogwood in bloom.

Redbuds are small and easy to maintain.

  • Redbuds are small trees, topping out at 30 feet in height. The trunk divides close to the ground and the tree can span up to 35 feet wide. The buds of the redbud tree are not red as the name would assume, but a purple-lavender color. The flowers are a pink color, though some cultivars of the redbud produce white blooms. The leaves of the redbud tree are shaped like a heart. New leaves are red, which deepen into green over the summer and turn yellow in the autumn. The redbud tree produces a long, pod-like fruit that remains on the tree from the end of the summer through the winter.

  • The redbud tree grows primarily in the eastern half of the United States, as far north as the Great Lakes down to areas of Virginia and South Carolina. The tree can also be found in some areas of south Texas where the soil is not overly wet and boggy.

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    Pennie and I would walk around her neighborhood and I would bring my camera so I could capture these stunning images of their blossoms.

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    We also went to the Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa which has walking trails and I took some photos there as well.

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    I really wish I would have had my telephoto lense because there were beautiful birds that I don’t see in Utah.

    In the far distance was this beautiful male cardinal and a bluebird.

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    Ode to the Redbud Tree

    I love the delicate blossoms of the Redbud tree

    The vibrant colors delight my creative imagination

    Pinks, purples, magenta, orchid, fuchsia, and violet are just right for me,

    This is truly one of God’s best creations.

    The blue, blue sky next to the colorful blossoms display vibrant contrasting hues

    You might hear the photographer in me whispering oohs and awes at this delightsome sight

    When I see the Redbud tree in full bloom I know that everything in my small part of the world is perfectly alright!

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