Cercis Canadensis,Transparent redwood or Prunus Cistena - Knowledgebase Question

Beloit, KS (Zone 5B)
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Question by propanepower
May 15, 2005
I have 2 trees in teh yard of my new hosue and found tags for three, i was wondering if any one could tell me where to find accurate pictures of thease trees so i cna identify them. one is transparent Red wood, then a Prunus Cistena, and a Cercis Canadensis. thanks for any help

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2005
Without photos, you should be able to tell them apart without too much trouble. The Prunus cistena is a shrubby small tree (only to about eight feet tall) with purple/red foliage. The Cercis canadensis is a redbud tree, it blooms by showing tiny pink buds and flowers all along the bare branches in early spring before it leafs out. The foliage is green, leaves are fairly large and heart shaped. Redwoods have needles. (I am not sure what a transparent redwood would be, there is a wood stain called by that name.) You can find some photos at the Monrovia web site where the catalog is searchable. Enjoy your new home and yard!

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