Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) and the less common white-blooming redbud is usually the first native tree – to my knowledge – to flower in the mid-Atlantic (US).
It would not be right to say that I wait for the redbud to flower even though (or because) a redbud tree grows outside my windows.
But if it did not flower, the panic of a disrupted Spring would get into me.
The flowers are said to be edible but I have not (yet) tried them.
White-blooming redbud, redbud, and white flowering dogwood. Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware
Redbud is a mid-level tree which flowers before the canopy trees – poplar, beech, American black walnut and others – claim the sky with their leaves.
Redbud is small enough to be planted in our city streets.
The tree leafs before it loses its flowers.
Heart shaped leaves. Sometimes green and less often red-brown with green veins. They darken as the summer progresses.
Every year the harbinger of more blossom to come. And of Summer too.