Family: Fabaceae, legume family
Genus, species: Cercis canadensis
Leaves are heart-shaped, widest toward base, palmately veined. Leaf texture is thin and papery.
Bark is reddish-brown, smooth
Flowers are small but showy, bright pink, produced in clusters in mid-April before leaves are produced. Flowers are pollinated by long-tongued bees.
Fruit is a long flat pod, contains flat brown seeds.
Root nodules contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
The genus name Cercis is from the Greek for "Circe," a Greek goddess described in Homer's Odyssey who wove on a large loom. This name is based on the fact that the tree's fruit looks like a weaver's shuttle. The species name canadensis means "from Canada."