Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Welcoming the Judas Tree
Cercis canadensis is actually in the legume family (that's right- peas & pulses), but it is a tree. & what a tree! Although the top of its habitat is in New Jersey & the western-most point in Texas, I had not seen redbud -or certainly not in enough abundance to remember- until we moved to Florida. Now I cannot get enough of them. They can be hard to find, mostly because they are fast-enough growing that the plant sold by nurseries rarely looks like much.
Apparently a springtime shower of flowers, a food source for wildlife & shade in the hot summer is just not enough to make a tree worthwhile to the landscaping public. You can keep your endlessly flowering trees, those deciduous things that really only lose their leaves when the new ones push through, & everything else you can find in every nursery. I will be napping under the Judas Tree.