Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae) – Pea and Bean Family
The Eastern Redbud is a very distinctive, eye-catching tree, especially in the spring. The pink blossoms emerge before the leaves, and will saturate the twigs and branches with very colorful pea-shaped blossoms.
The leaves are very distinctive. Redbuds have heart-shaped leaves with pointed tips, and they are darker green on the upper surface but lighter green underneath. They turn various shades of yellow in the fall.