Name That Flower: May 2021

This medium-sized, native Texas tree is one of the first to bloom each spring, sprouting tiny purple-pink blossoms from bare gray branches. It only reaches heights of 15-20 feet, making it an attractive specimen or understory tree beneath hardwoods. It has adapted to different soil types and pH levels in zones 5-9, but prefers well-draining soil. It enjoys morning sun but tolerates shade.

 

Its flowers can be eaten in salads as a tasty and colorful treat, battered and fried, or even pickled. The blooms are also a significant early-season nectar source for bees, butterflies, and insects. In autumn, this deciduous tree’s leaves turn red.

Can you name this tree?

 

REVEAL: Texas redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis)