They are so prevalent in nature that it is said that they were once used as a delineator of USDA hardiness zones. They say that you can tell which zone that you are in based on when your redbuds begin blooming. I personally associate the arrival of its blossoms with the arrival of Easter. While the Dogwood is reportedly most intimately associated with the actual crucifixion, one of the nicknames of the Redbud is the “Judas Tree” as some people believe that Judas Iscariot hanged himself after his betrayal from a related tree Cercis siliquastrum.
Next time, we will get into a discussion about the wood from the beautiful Redbud.