Redbud trees

Redbud tree 12811_StaatsOne of my favorite things of spring are the redbud trees.  Their bright pink to purple buds stand out in the otherwise drab landscape.  They are generally not a “tidy” tree, but are often seen on the edges of woodland areas.  As we were in Kansas City a week ago, the redbuds were in full bloom there.  As the spring season has moved northward with warmer temperatures, the redbuds are now in bloom here in southern Minnesota.  Their bloom may be short-lived, but their brightness speaks of the beauty and colors of spring.