The Cercis Canadensis
is commonly known as Eastern Redbud
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The range of eastern redbud extends from New Jersey and Pennsylvania
west to southern Michigan and southeastern Nebraska; south to eastern
Texas; and east to central Florida [34
]. Its natural range appears to
exclude the Gulf and Atlantic Coastal Plains [16
]. It is extinct from
one locality in extreme southern Ontario [34
Texas redbud occurs from southern Oklahoma south to eastern, southern,
and Trans-Pecos Texas; extreme southeastern New Mexico; and northern
Mexico. In Mexico, its range extends from eastern Chihuahua and Coahila
east to Tamps and south to San Luis Potosi and Hidalgo [34
The currently accepted scientific name for eastern redbud is Cercis
canadensis L. (Fabaceae) [11
]. Texas redbud (C. c. var. texensis [Wats]
Hopkins) is recognized by some authorities [34
]. Others include Mexican
redbud (C. c. var. mexicana [Rose] Hopkins) [41
]. Clark and Bachtell
] report, however, that a common opinion among nursery workers is
that the two varieties represent environmentally induced morphologies
(i.e. more leathery leaves in more xeric conditions) and that C. c. var.
texensis and C. c. var. mexicana are all C. c. var. canadensis.
Information is reported by variety in this write-up.
Eastern redbud occurs in the open or as an understory tree common along
the edge of woods in a variety of habitats [11,53]. In Kentucky, it
occurs on exposed limestone cliffs in eastern redcedar (Juniperus
virginiana) communities .
It very commonly occurs with flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) .
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Sullivan, Janet. 1994. Cercis canadensis. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.