As you now know, each state has its own Arbor Day. And Oklahoma is next in line! Oklahoma uses an entire week to celebrate its arbor day. The celebration goes on during the last full week of March each year. This year the dates are March 25-31.
I’m Buddy Redbud and I’m here to tell you about Oklahoma’s state tree – which is my home tree, the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis). Its leaves are heart-shaped, and can emerge either red or green-colored depending on the variety of the tree. On either tree the blossoms that burst all over the branches are a pink-lavender color (as seen below).
Be sure to look for my home tree while you are out and about this week! (It appears in hardiness zones 4-9 — Click here to see the map.)
Happy Arbor Day week, Oklahoma!