Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis
Often shrublike with multiple trunks, Eastern Redbud can mature into a small tree (30 feet) with a broad crown. The sizeable heart-shaped leaves have a pointed tip and are yellow in autumn, while the pink flowers are very showy; they are borne in small-numbered clusters and open before the leaves. The pods are up to 4 inches in length and persist into winter. The trunk is often twisted, and the branches are stout and spreading. Eastern Redbud is widely distributed south of the Great Lakes, west to Oklahoma, and south to Florida.