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"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   


Eastern Redbud
(Cercis canadensis)

Donated by Kaskaskia College President and Board of Trustees
Tree Map Location: # 225
In Memory of Anne Gaffner

Eastern Redbud tree Eastern Redbud leaves Eastern Redbud flowers Eastern Redbud bark

Leaf: Alternate, simple, cordate in shape, 3 to 5 inches long and wide, with an entire margin, thin and papery, petioles conspicuously swollen on both ends; green above and slightly paler below.  
Flower: Very showy, pea-like, pink to light purple in color, 1/2 inch long, appearing in clusters all along even older stems in early spring before the leaves.  
Fruit: Flattened, dry legumes, brown, 2 to 4 inches long that contain flat, elliptical, brown seeds 1/4 inch long, maturing in late summer.  
Twig: Slender and zigzag, nearly black in color, spotted with lighter lenticels, leaf buds are tiny and dark red to chestnut in color; flowers buds are round and often numerous in large clusters on older woody stems.  
Bark: Initially smooth and brown; later ridged and furrowed to scaly and dark gray; may have some maroon patches evident and orange in the cracks.  
Form: A large shrub or small tree up to 30 feet with a short, often twisted trunk and spreading branches.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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