Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Cercis, having flat pods and pinkish flowers that bloom before the leaves appear. Also called Judas tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several small trees, of the genus Cercis, having purple-pink flowers that appear before the leaves; the Judas tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small ornamental leguminous tree of the American species of the genus Cercis. See Judas tree, under Judas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any tree of the American species of Cercis; the Judas-tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small shrubby tree of eastern North America similar to the Judas tree having usually pink flowers; found in damp sheltered underwood

Etymologies

red +‎ bud (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Others, such as redbud, juniper and hophornbeam, need the cool, moist treatment after their seedcoats are made permeable.

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  • The adult female removes circular portions from the soft leaves of plants such as redbud, katsura, itea and roses, then uses these discs to line the holes of nests where individual eggs are laid.

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  • In Nashville, the sun has shown up at last with daffodils, redbud, forsythia, and Japanese magnolia in full celebration.

    aubade - French Word-A-Day

  • Much like a redbud tree, from a distance it looks pretty good, but when you get a closer look there's not much there, same with Obama, all fluff and window dressing, no substance.

    As a sportsman, how would you "grade" Obama's first 100 days in office.

  • On my deck, reading Proust, listening for that soft wind in the pergola, looking the sparrow into redbud leaves

    With six months to live

  • One of my first targets was a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) that had grown to about 12 feet high and six feet across, crowding out the ninebark bush on its right side and witch hazel tree on the left.

    Fear of Pruning

  • To make things less cluttered I used my pruner to cut off some lower branches of the redbud, nipping them nearly all the way to the tree's trunk.

    Fear of Pruning

  • ‘Forest Pansy’ makes my plain old redbud pale by comparison.

    Late April Mish Mash « Fairegarden

  • What a beautiful photo of the redbud–now I can see why ‘Forest Pansy’ is such a recommended cultivar.

    Late April Mish Mash « Fairegarden

  • Fir trees march alongside palm and acacia, bougainvillea and redbud, aloe vera and rubber trees.

    Ann Aguirre » Blog Archive » Through My Eyes

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