Small flowering tree (or large shrub) similar in many respects to our native redbud. Although I received seed for the 'Alba' variety, what I got (after waiting for five years) was clearly the plain species, which means it isn't easy to distinguish from the C. canadensis specimens that have been blooming for years in our garden. Distinguishing features are supposed to be somewhat larger flowers, glossier leaves whose bases are more pronouncedly heart-shaped, and longer seed pods. I'll see if I can document that in photos as our little tree matures. For now, it appears that the blossoms are packed more densely around the branches than on our native redbuds.
|Abundant podlet formation right after blooming |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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May 18, 2014