Redbuds are a common sight in the Arkansas landscape in the springtime both in gardens and in the wild. Though mostly seen in varying shades of purple or lavender, there is variation amongst their ranks and nurserymen have been busy over the last couple of decades selecting cultivars that have unique characteristics for use in the garden.

There are nine species of redbuds known in the world with two native to North America. The Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is most frequently listed as having three botanical varieties; var. canadensis (the typical form), mexicana (a smaller shrubby form with a rounded leaf) and texensis (a compact tree form with glossy leaves). Some botanists elevate these varieties to species rank.

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