Broad, simple, alternating, heart shaped leaves. Smooth dark brown to gray bark.
Redbud is sometimes referred to as Judastree, because it was believed that Judas Iscariot hanged himself on a branch of this tree. Redbud's showy red flowers come out before the leaves. In the fall, this tree becomes distinctive because its leaves turn bright yellow. The bark of this tree has been used to treat dysentery. The flowers can be put into salads or fried. Various animals eat the seeds, and bees use the nectar to produce honey (Peattie 1964).