Eastern redbuds announce spring’s arrival; seedlings available from state tree nursery

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Eastern redbuds announce spring’s arrival; seedlings available from state tree nursery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis) has announced spring in the Mountain State for centuries.  Clusters of pink, purple or white flowers bloom in early spring, bringing much-needed color to the not-yet-green landscape.  In autumn, the tree’s heart-shaped leaves turn yellow, making redbud a fall favorite among leaf peepers.

Redbuds are shade tolerant and prefer moist to wet growing sites.  The tree is small in height and usually reaches about 40 feet, making it perfect for ornamental plantings in yards or landscapes or as understory trees in woodlots and on forested sites.

The Eastern redbud is native to West Virginia, which means it will grow well throughout the Mountain State.  It also is beneficial to local wildlife.  Birds eat the seeds, white-tail deer browse the foliage and honeybees visit the blossoms. 

Clements State Tree Nursery sells bundles of bare root Eastern redbud seedlings.  Each bundle contains 25 seedlings and prices start at $25 per bundle. 

For a complete catalog of seedlings for sale at Clements State Tree Nursery, visit www.wvcommerce.org/resources/forestry/treenursery.aspx or call the nursery at 304-675-1820.

For more information about the Division of Forestry, visit www.wvforestry.com.

Contact:  Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Fitzwater@wv.gov