Judas Tree, Forest Pansy
The Eastern Redbud is a native shrub or small tree found in most of Virginia. It is the state tree of Oklahoma. Bumblebees, honeybees, and other bee species pollinate the trees and are attracted to the nectar and pollen. Moths, leafhoppers, beetles, and other types of insects feed on the leaves or wood. Many birds forage in Eastern Redbuds. The dark pink buds and flowers make the trees very popular with gardeners. The blooming of redbuds in April is a sign that spring has arrived. George Washington planted Eastern Redbuds on his property at Mount Vernon.
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