The eastern redbud tree can live in a variety of conditions, making it a very strong, sturdy plant. It can handle dry Texas weather and wet Florida weather and can survive in the very cold northeast all the way down to the hot southern states of Florida, Texas, Lousiana, and others ("Eastern Redbud"). This tree thrives in slightly damp soils whose pH is greater than 7.5. Interestingly, these species are often found on outcrops of limestone, where they outcompete less hardy plants for space and nutrients.
Origin, history, and uses:
The eastern redbud’s place as an ornamental is cemented by its natural beauty, but that isn’t all that it is good for. The leaves of the tree may be thrown in salads, and its bark has even been used to treat certain ailments (Redbud). Wildlife love eating the flowers and seeds of this tree, especially deer, squirrels, and birds.