One of the most distinctive features of redbuds, Cercis canadensis, the 2013 VNPS Wildflower of the Year, is its production of flowers on mature trunks and major branches, a habit termed cauliflory. Redbud flowers also form on young, one-year old twigs; as explained below, twig- and trunk-borne flowers are parts of a single developmental continuum; twigs bearing flowers eventually becoming trunks and large branches that continue to bear flowers.

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Winter 2013

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Copyright © 2013, Virginia Native Plant Society. This article first appeared in Bulletin of the Virginia Native Plant Society: 32:1 (2013), 1,3,8.

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