Spring is bursting out all over and painting the West Virginia hills with bright splashes of color. Pastel blooms and delicate green leaves are unfurling on trees as they wake from their winter slumber. How many of these tree species have you spotted in your neighborhood?
The eastern redbud’s bright fuchsia blooms are often the first color you’ll see among the still-naked trees in early spring. This tree grows to 40 feet and fares best in moist, rich soils — so much so that the early settlers often looked to the presence of redbuds as a sign that the land was good for farming crops. Its sweet flowers are often used as a salad garnish or made into tea or jelly.