On Gardening: Eastern redbud the harbinger of spring
The harbinger of spring in much of the country is the native eastern redbud known botanically as Cercis canadensis. That being said -- hallelujah -- they are blooming now in the South, which means spring is coming to your area. The eastern redbud is native to 31 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada. That is a wide range for one of the showiest trees in the forest. Though we call it the eastern redbud, according to USDA it is native as far west as New Mexico. You may be among those who always think about planting one or two when you see them blooming. Then when you get around to it, the garden centers are sold out. Make this the spring you get the job done because it is ...