redbud


red·bud

noun \-ˌbəd\

Definition of REDBUD

:  any of several deciduous shrubs or trees (genus Cercis) of the legume family with usually pale rosy-pink flowers

First Known Use of REDBUD

1705

redbud

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis).—Kenneth and Brenda Formanek/EB Inc.

Any of the shrubs or small trees that make up the genus Cercis (family Leguminosae), native to North America, southern Europe, and Asia, and widely planted for their showy early-spring flowers and interesting branch patterns. Clusters of small, purplish-pink flowers appear on old stems and branches before the leaves unfurl. The heart-shaped to roundish leaves quickly turn from bronzy to bright green, then to yellow in fall. The eastern redbud (C. canadensis) is the hardiest species.

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