The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


march of the redbud

The redbud, also known as Eastern redbud and the Judas tree, is abloom across the hills and valleys of Fayette County, as well as much of the Eastern United States. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, redbud typically blooms from late March to May in the southern Great Plains and much of the East. A member of the pea family, Native Americans boiled the bark of the tree, or large deciduous shrub, for a tea to combat whooping cough. Various other parts of the tree were used as treatments for maladies such as dysentery, fevers, congestion and vomiting. The tree’s flowers also can be fried and eaten. The redbud — or its various parts — is consumed by whitetail deer, squirrels, quail, songbirds, hummingbirds, and livestock.