Edmond blooms as ‘Redbud Capital’
EDMOND — City council members in 2015 proclaimed Edmond as the Redbud Capital of Oklahoma.
The recommendation came from Saundra Naifeh, president of Edmond Beautiful, after members spent three years counting more than 1,300 redbud trees on section line roads in the city.
“No one else has done it,” Naifeh said.
Oklahoma designated the redbud as the official state tree in 1937. The redbud is a small deciduous tree with reddish-pink blossoms that blooms across Oklahoma in early spring.
“It's an economical benefit,” said Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell. “People will come here to look at the redbuds, see the art and stay in our hotels.”
Members of Edmond Beautiful and Edmond Neighborhood Alliance often attend planning commission and city council meetings requesting that developers include redbud trees in their required landscaping plans.