Once a contender for national tree, redbud trees have a history longer than the United States itself. Some of the earliest colonists made use of the redbud trees flowers and bark for food and medicinal purposes. These beautiful trees are some of the first blooms of Spring, and welcome in the warmer weather after a cold winter. They grow freely throughout the Eastern United States from Florida all the way up to New Jersey, and west toward the Great Plains.
Homeowners buy redbud trees for their beauty and ability to function alone as an anchor for their landscaping. Redbud trees also work well as a grove to form a privacy screen.