Cercis canadensis L.


Cercis canadensis plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Cercis canadensis leaf

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Cercis canadensis inflorescence

Flowers - No info. yet.

Cercis canadensis flowerFlower close-up.

Cercis canadensis calyxCalyx close-up.

Cercis canadensis fruitFruit.

Cercis canadensis fruitFruits in-situ.

Flowering - March - May.

Habitat - Open woods, thickets, glades, rocky stream banks, bluffs, also cultivated.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This striking tree is found throughout Missouri. The plant is widely cultivated and is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring. The flowers of C. canadensis are typically pinkish but a pure white-flowered form can also be found.
The flowers of this species are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked. The immature fruits can be fried and eaten also. The inner bark of the tree is an astringent.

Photographs taken in Kansas City, MO., 4-28-00, and in Brown Summit, NC., 4-3-03.