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A large deciduous shrub or small tree. The leaves are alternate, simple, heart shaped with an entire margin, 7–12 cm (3-5 inches) long and wide, thin and papery, and may be slightly hairy below. The flowers are showy, light to dark magenta pink in color, 1.5 cm (½ inch) long, appearing in clusters from Spring to early Summer, on bare stems before the leaves, sometimes on the trunk itself. The fruit are flattened, dry, brown, pea-like pods, 5–10 cm (2-4 inches) long that contain flat, elliptical, brown seeds 6 mm (¼ inch) long, maturing in August to October.
Native to eastern North America from Southern Ontario, Canada south to northern Florida
Found growing in my yard. Just a young plant a few years old.
Spotted on Jun 12, 2013
Submitted on Jun 12, 2013