This showy dwarf Redbud is sized just right for smaller gardens, and its dark maroon, heart-shaped leaves and weeping habit are perfect features in colorful borders. Pretty rose-purple flowers arrive in spring on bright red stems before the foliage, which later changes to burgundy and then to green. PP 22,097
Cercis is a small genus of about six species of deciduous trees and shrubs in the Pea family, distributed over a wide area across both coasts of North America to the Mediterranean and East Asia. Clusters of lavender-pink or white blossoms sprout right from the branches and trunks in early spring, soon followed by heart-shaped leaves. Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or dappled shade.