THE SACRED REDBUD
It's no wonder the mid plains Native Americans
called the North American redbud "sacred."
Everything about this tree is special,
and strikingly beautiful.
With our very wet Spring,
the redbuds are blooming intensely
with brilliant shades of reds and pinks.
As the redbud matures, it's one of the few trees
that sprouts flowers directly from the bark
of the trunk and branches,
like compact flower "bouquets."
And then there's the leaves . . .
perfect hearts throughout the season,
after the red flowers have gone.
Fortunately, redbuds are abundant
throughout Missouri woodlands.