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one4me
05-21-2006, 08:17 PM
I have never seen a tree like this as far north as Kitchener Ontario, approx 100 miles north of Detroit. I have seen similar trees in the southern States. It has purplish mauve petals covering almost the entire tree. They seem to be growing right out of the bark along every branch. The tree has never born any fruit or seeds of any kind. All the petals turn into leaves by early summer and rather large leaves at that, about the size and shape of an average water lily. I would really like to know how to replicate this tree, any help would be appreciated. Thanks

treeman
05-21-2006, 08:44 PM
Looks like a Eastern redbud Cercis canadensis

The Eastern redbud is found in my area in the south and it grows seed pods. It is native to a few places in Canada.
Fruit: Flattened, dry legumes, brown, 2 to 4 inches long that contain flat, elliptical, brown seeds 1/4 inch long, maturing in late summer. Yours maybe to young to make seed (but yours looks pretty old) or more likely the climate like the growing length season there might effect its seed development or something.
http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/syllabus/picts/ccanadensis2fruit2.jpg
http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/syllabus/picts/ccanadensis2form.jpg
For more info go here:
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/Volume_2/cercis/canadensis.htm
and or here:
http://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?id=6