Answer: The most commonly grown redbuds are Cercis occidentalis, the western redbud, and Cercis canadensis, the eastern redbud. They are similar in that they both develop multiple trunks and both have similarly shaped leaves. The eastern redbud has rich green leaves with pointed tips and the western redbud has blue-green leaves which are notched or rounded at the tip. A third, less commonly grown redbud, is Cercis chinensis (Chinese redbud). This tree has glossier, brighter green leaves,often with a transparent line around the edge. Hope this information helps you identify the tree in question.
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