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By Roger Boddaert
Special to Valley News 

Redbud trees are harbinger of spring


Last updated 5/18/2018 at 1:13pm

Roger Boddaert

The white Cercis grows in Fallbrook; its flowers bloom before its leaves come out.

Spring is happening, and so are the flowering redbuds, Cercis canadensis. When you look closely,, the petite flowers resemble a tiny pea, hence they are called "pea flowers" This species is native to eastern and central North America and is in the legume family.

It's one of my favorite early flowering trees that announce the beginning of a new season, but there are other species from California, Texas, Oklahoma, Mexico and even China with many cultivars.

Redbuds are considered a smaller tree and can fit into so many of the small and urban gardens that are becoming more prevalent these days...

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