• Native Americans ate raw or boiled flowers of the wild relative of this tree, as well as roasted seeds. They also used the wood for their bows.
  • Early European settlers in North America ate the flowers in salads.

Where it grows

The redbud is native to southern Ontario in Canada and north-east US, occasionally down as far as northern Florida. It thrives in well-drained, nitrogen-rich soil and requires a lot of sunlight.

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