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Growing on the High Plains: Redbud Tree

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While parts of the High Plains aren't exactly known for having an abundance of trees, Growing on the High Plains has been spending these last few, frigid weeks cycling through the state trees of HPPR's listener region and nearby territories. Today, we'll pop out in a purple haze with the Eastern redbud—which Oklahoma designated as the official state tree in 1937. Related to the pea family, redbud tree flowers are also edible; some use them in baked goods and on top of salads, and Native American tribes used them extensively in their diets. Listen on the link below to learn more about the tree's poetic inspirations and possible Biblical history, and stay warm!

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.