red·​bud ˈred-ˌbəd How to pronounce redbud (audio)
: any of several deciduous shrubs or trees (genus Cercis) of the legume family with usually pale rosy-pink flowers

Examples of redbud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An eastern redbud, on the other hand, will give you similar pink flowers but with less maintenance. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Among the redbuds and silver maples that fringed the hillsides, the light turned the color of ash. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 That redbud tree bursts with edible pink blossoms before leafing out. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2024 Incorporated in the suit design were the Kentucky state flower, a golden rod, the state tree, tulip poplar, wild roses, redbuds, dogwoods, and tobacco leaves. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 9 Feb. 2024 That explains the papery, peapod-like seedpods hanging from the redbud in my backyard. John Kelly, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 The brilliant displays of dogwoods, magnolias, redbuds and others signal all is well in the tree world. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2023 If your site is shady, Wheeler suggests an Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) or flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 While the redbud's typical yellow fall color can be perfectly lovely, there is one selection with exciting color that transforms throughout the year. Arricca Elin Sansone, Southern Living, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of redbud was in 1705

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“Redbud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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