Forest Pansy (Cercis canadensis)

Near the bench at the entrance to the recreation center Map

There is no mistaking this showy cultivar of the Eastern Redbud tree. It announces the arrival of spring with profusion of tiny rose-purple, pea-like flowers, followed by a summer show of burgundy colored heart-shaped leaves, and ends the season with a colorful display of red, purple, and yellow leaves. It is a small tree with a maximum height of about 20 feet.

Its flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds and bees.