Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
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Forest Types: Appalachian Cove / Southern Hardwood / Oak-Hickory
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Understory tree typically mixed with other hardwoods; often in bottomlands and along streams, but not limited to these areas; growing east of the Great Plains; widely planted as an ornamental.
Stature: Rarely 40 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; usually smaller, spreading and shrub-like.
Leaves: 3-5 inches across; simple; alternate; heart-shaped; toothless; with a point at the tip; dark green.
Bark: Thin; gray; smooth or finely scaly when mature.
Flowers: Brilliant purple; 5-petaled; in bundles.
Fruit: A pea-like pod 2-4 inches long.
Frequent Mushroom Associates:
I am unaware of any mushrooms exclusively associated with eastern redbud. Since the tree occurs as an understory tree in a wide variety of eastern forests, however, many mushrooms should be expected in its vicinity. Morel hunters often expect yellow morels when eastern redbud is in bloom.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2005, August). Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/cercis_canadensis.html