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Mystery Tree near Jackson Falls

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From: Justine Swartz
Vienna, IL
I went for a walk in Jackson Falls with a friend and we saw a few of these trees but don't know what they are. None of them were very tall. And the trunk was a reddish color. The branches were all twisted and neat looking. The leaves are small red ovals. Can you tell me what kind of tree this is?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Justine:

Hopefully you took some can email them to me at "jhayek at illinois dot edu"

My first guess, without photos, would be redbud (Cercis canadensis).

Best, Jay

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