The redwoods are blooming!

Springtime is always beautiful in Missouri. It is like a beginning or rebirth of things that were dormant in the wintertime.  

The eastern redbud is one of these trees. 

Caesalpiniaceae (sennas) is the family name and sometimes in the Fabaceae (beans, peas) family. It has small clustered, rose-purple flowers covering the bare branches before the leaves.  

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Leaves are simple, alternate, 2-6 inches long, 1.25-6 inches wide, oval to heart-shaped, tip-pointed, and leaf stalks are 1.25-5 inches long (smooth). 

The bark is reddish brown to gray and smooth. The flowers are small with 2-8 in a cluster. These beautiful shrubs or small trees bloom in late March to early May.  
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In maturity these redbud trees may grow up to 40 feet tall and 35 feet wide. 

Redbud trees are found in open woodland, borders of woods, dolomite glades, and along rocky streams and bluffs.  

Landscape planting is also popular with these beautiful trees. The flowers are edible and can be eaten in salads, either raw or pickled. In Mexico, they are fried.  

Between the white dogwood and the eastern redbuds, flowering trees in Missouri  give our dormant forest colors of springtime!  

Next time, enjoy a drive or hike into our Missouri forest to see for yourself.

(Dana Sturgeon lives in southern Missouri. She can be reached at

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