Flower: Very showy, light to dark pink in color, 1/2 inch long, appearing in clusters in March to May, before the leaves.
Fruit: Fruits are flattened, dry, brown, pea-like pods, 2 to 4 inches long that contain flat, elliptical, brown seeds 1/4 inch long. Maturing in July to August.
Twig: Slender and zigzag, nearly black in color, spotted with lighter lenticels. Winter buds are tiny, rounded and dark red to chestnut in color.
Bark: Smooth, later scaly with ridges somewhat apparent. Dark in color. May have some maroon patches evident.
Form: A large shrub or small tree with a short, often twisted trunk and spreading branches.
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