History: Native to the eastern United States and parts of central Mexico, this tree may have once been native to southern Ontario but it is no longer found here naturally. It is still a fairly common sight since it has been widely planted as an ornamental tree due to its gorgeous profusion of pink flowers. The flowers and seeds have traditionally been eaten by indigenous peoples and people still enjoy them fresh or fried today, while some use the green twigs for seasoning.
Why We Grow It: This native tree grows well in any soil type, and puts on a show stopping bloom every spring producing millions of edible citrusy flowers. The pods it produces are edible too, and are best enjoyed when the young pods are sauteed or fried. The heart-shaped leaves add another level of appeal to the tree even when it is not flowering.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
Soil Preference: Adaptable to most soils but prefers loam or clay loam
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Tree reaches 6-9m tall, spreading growth habit. May be defoliated by various caterpillars.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination:Self-pollinating, this tree will produce pods without a different Redbud tree but will produce more and better pods if one is present