Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Cercis canadensis, Forest Pansy
Heart shaped leaves
The Eastern Redbud tree is most beautiful in early spring when the naked branches are covered with purplish pink or magenta blossoms.
An unremarkable tree in summer and winter, the redbud flowers in spring show us how common the tree really is.
The flowers and flower buds can be eaten raw or fried. They can also be added to salads and cookie recipes, or pickled like capers.
Did you know this tree is a member of the "pea" family?
Who uses it?
Only bobwhite quail and a few songbirds are known to eat the seeds.
Folk healers used bark tea as a remedy for diarrhea.
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Horticulture & Forestry • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Cookies series list.
Location. 38° 38.403′ N, 78° 36.648′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9531 Lee Highway, Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chestnut Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tea Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Millstone (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pignut Hickory (about 500 feet away); You Are Invited (about 600 feet away); Downy Serviceberry (about 600 feet away); Flowering Dogwood (about 600 feet away); History Marches Forward (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
Additional keywords. folk healing
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.