Useful trees for frontier living: The Eastern Red Bud
In Spring, the Eastern Red Bud makes a showy color of pink blossoms, people note that and think they're pretty and take pictures of them, but few know that they were an essential food for the First People. Both the blossoms and seed pods which come later are full of vitamins and protein. Not a big surprise since they're in the Legume family, the same one as spring peas.
The Red Bud is also known as the Judas tree since by legend he hung himself upon it. It produces heart shaped easily identifiable leaves.The bark was used to treat whooping cough, and the inner bark and roots were used for fevers.
Good things to know, for in Spring there's little to nibble upon, and tribes were very hungry to the point of malnutrition and disease from Winter.
Another creature likes red bud blossoms, the bobwhite quail. They make a distinctive sound that you probably heard but never knew was their call.
They're delicious to eat, and are raised as livestock.
[link to en.wikipedia.org
[link to plants.usda.gov
[link to www.lakecumberlandgamebirds.com