Cercis spp. of the family Fabaceae (syn Leguminosae) the legume, pea, or bean family, includeing at least the following:
Cercis arizonica --- this is a synonym for Cercis occidentalis
Cercis canadensis --- redbud, American redbud, Judas tree, Eastern redbud, Texas redbud
Cercis occidentalis --- California redbud, Western redbud, Arizona redbud
Cercis reniformis --- Eastern redbud
Cercis siliquastrum --- redbud / Judas tree
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions
color change in Eastern redbud. I ran across the burl plank shown on the right when pulling out some other stuff and noticed what you see compared to the original pic I took of it 18 months ago. First, the area of the plank that was not covered by another piece, and which was thus exposed to both oxygen and indirect sunlight, has darked appreciably and second, the area that was not exposed to sunlight but was still exposed somewhat to oxygen, has changed from greenish to pure brown.
both sides of a sample plank of redbud / Cercis canadensis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
sample plank and end grain of provided to me as Eastern redbud / Cercis canadensis The crappy quality of the sample (you should see the OTHER side) is fairly common in the samples I got from that organization and I also note that the genus name was spelled incorrectly (Cercus instead of Cercis) --- pretty shoddy for an organization that is supposed to help set the standards.
end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above --- unlike almost all of the end grain updates, this is a case where the rays in the wood show up better in the "before" pic.
both sides of a piece of Eastern redbud contributed to the site by Neil Scheidt who also sent the pics of the box further down this page. Thank you Neil.
The three shots below were provided to me as Judas tree by Miles Hember who obtained the piece from a downed tree. It is still quite green (in seasoning). My thanks to Miles for the contribution. Miles sent high-res photos, so both levels of enlargement are available on all 3 pics
Judas tree rough cut log section
same piece after planing
end grain shot of the same piece
both sides of a burly/curly slab
I split the slab so I could give a slice to Mark Peet who has made many contributions to the site. The upper piece has been sanded to 400 grit.
closeups from both sides of the burly/curly slab directly above, but this was prior to my sanding one part of a slice to 400 grit so these surfaces are as I got them
cluster burl slab and closeup
cluster burl slab and closeup
tree cross-sections showing end grain and sapwood. I notice that the first one looks EXACTLY like some laburnum I have seen.
Eastern redbus log ends, freshly cut
bookmatched pair of planks and a closeup --- showing once again the difficulty in taking color-correct pics of wood. I believe the distance pic has the color more or less correct.
planks / slabs
plank listed as Judas tree
plank listed as Cercis canadensis and harvested in Texas
plank listed as redbud / Cercis canadensis and harvested in Kansas --- NOTE: this was not listed as a burl, but clearly it is.
plank listed as redbud / Cercis canadensis and harvested in Indiana
bowl blank listed as Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud turning stock
end grain of some of the turning stock directly above
pen blank smoistened for the pics
burl pen blanks
burl sections (the second one was shot in the shade and is actually a brighter wood than what shows here)
burl section listed as Eastern redbud
Two views of an Eastern redbud box made by Neil Scheidt. It was finished with a coat of natural stain to seal it and then a few coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. The grain shows more clearly in the enlargements.
two views of a rough-turned bowl
Eastern redbud bowls turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for these pics and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.
two views of a natural edge vase
two views of a vase --- the extreme difference in color between the two pics is just another example of how difficult it can be to take color-correct pics of wood
burl bowl, top and bottom
same bowl as directly above --- closeup and a pic showing one side of the bowl when first finished then after it had aged. Note the rather startling change in color of the sapwood.