Redbud Blossom Tea: A Step-by-Step Guide to Brewing

Redbud blossom tea is a unique and flavorful tea that is not only delicious but also has a range of health benefits. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to brew your own redbud blossom tea at home. All you need is a few ingredients and very simple techniques.

Redbud blossom tea with simple syrup in a glass cup and pitcher. A jar of redbud simple syrup stands behind it.

Because it is created with the beautiful pink and purple blossoms of the Eastern Redbud tree, it has a subtle sweetness and floral aroma. It is literally the perfect beverage for any time of day!

Whether you’re a seasoned tea drinker or new to the world of herbal teas, this guide will help you create a delightful and refreshing beverage that is sure to impress.

The Health Benefits of Redbud Blossom Tea

Redbud blossom tea is a delightful and unique herbal tea. The blossoms are the beautiful pink and purple jewels of the Eastern Redbud tree (Cercis Canadensis).

In addition to its delicious taste and subtle sweetness, redbud blossom tea may offer a range of potential health benefits. This is of course thanks to its high antioxidant content and other nutrients.

Foraging for Redbud blossoms on an Eastern Redbud tree, the pink purple blossoms fill the entire branch. My arm is holding the branch down for me.

A Redbud blossom, from Eastern Redbud trees, is an edible flower that offers a range of potential health benefits because they contain various antioxidants and nutrients. Here are a few potential benefits of redbud blossom tea:

  1. Rich in antioxidants. Redbud blossoms are high in antioxidants. Therefore it helps protect your body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
  2. May boost immune function. Antioxidants in redbud blossom tea may help support your immune system. They also have significantly higher vitamin C content than most other edible flowers. So, essentially it can help you fight off illnesses and infections.
  3. Can improve heart health. The antioxidants and other nutrients in redbud blossom tea may help lower inflammation and improve blood flow. Therefore potentially reducing the risk of heart disease.
  4. May have anti-inflammatory effects. The flavonoids in redbud blossoms may help reduce inflammation throughout the body, which can be helpful for conditions like arthritis.
  5. May promote relaxation. Some people find that redbud blossom tea has a calming effect, thanks to its subtle sweetness and floral aroma. And of course, it’s tea, so that’s relaxing in itself.

The potential health benefits of redbud blossoms are just one bonus. But paired with its unique and flavorful taste, it can be a delicious and enjoyable way to support your health!

Ingredients & Tools for Brewing Redbud Tea

Optionally, you could also purchase Lemon Juice. But fresh lemons always taste less tart and, honestly, better to me.

Finding and Harvesting Redbud Blossoms Steeped Tea

When it comes to making redbud blossom tea, the first step is finding and harvesting the Redbud Blooms.

Redbuds are small trees that typically bloom in early spring, so it’s best to harvest the blossoms during this time. Coincidentally Redbud trees have heart-shaped leaves for the rest of the year.

Look for trees with plenty of pink and purple blossoms as well as ones that are fully open and not yet wilted.

Redbud tree in the wild, full of pink and purple blossoms up against the other dormant trees in the spring.

How to Safely and Responsibly Forage Redbud Blossoms

To harvest the blossoms, simply pluck the little clusters from the tree by hand. Also, you can use a sweeping motion, starting at the top of the branch and pulling down to strip it down to bare branches.

However, you can also use pruning shears or scissors to snip off the branches that contain the blossoms. Be sure to only take a small portion of the blossoms from each tree, as over-harvesting can damage the tree and limit its ability to produce more blossoms in the future.

Once you’ve harvested your redbud blossoms, it’s time to prepare them for tea-making. In the next section, we’ll explore how to dry and store the blossoms to ensure they retain their flavor and potency. Read more about foraging for Redbuds.

Vintage Note icon with a quill and ink bottle.

Take Note: 

It’s important to avoid harvesting redbud blossoms from trees that have been treated with pesticides or other chemicals, as these can be harmful if consumed. Instead, look for wild or organic trees that are free from any harmful substances.

Step-by-Step Guide to Brewing Redbud Blossom Tea

Now that you have your Redbud Blossoms, it’s time to prepare them to become a refreshingly floral brew. Thankfully this is just one more easy step to a perfect spring or summer drink!

This recipe will make about 3 3/4 – 4 cups of redbud tea. Or a pitcher full, depending on how strong you want it!

Redbud blossom tea in a cup with a lemon wedge in front of the simple syrup.

Step One – Measuring your Redbud Blossoms

Honestly, the more the merrier if you like the fruity strawberry/grape and floral undertones. But if it’s your first time tasting it may be good to just be sure the ratio of redbud flowers to water will be 1:1.

I chose to use 4 cups of Redbud blossoms. (Plus, a little bit extra that was left over. Waste not, want not!)

A bowl full of redbud blossoms, a measuring cup full of redbud blossoms both sitting on a wooden cutting board with a kitchen towel.

An Optional Rinse

Before brewing the blossoms, you can give them a quick rinse under cool water to remove any dirt or debris. I chose not to as it can potentially take away some of the floral tones. And I wanted to really be able to taste it.

I mean, do you really need clean flowers? Also, you will eventually strain out any debris and a little dirt never hurt anyone. Right?

Step Two – Adding Your Boiling Water

Once you have your beautiful purple blooms measured out add them to a clean jar (preferably a large jar like a 64 oz glass jar ) or pitcher. And start a medium saucepan full of 5 cups of water to boil.

A ball glass jar 64 oz. half full of redbud blossoms on a wooden cutting board. Blossoms fallen all over the cutting board.

Your 64 oz. Ball Jar will be half full with 4 cups of Redbud Blossoms. Don’t worry, I picked all those fallen flowers up and put them in to brew!

Pouring Your Boiling Water Over the Blossoms

Once your medium saucepan or large pot of water is boiling measure out 4 cups. Then proceed to pour them into the glass jar or pitcher on top of the Redbud Blossoms.

Pouring boiling hot water on top of the redbud blossoms in a large ball glass jar sitting on a wooden cutting board.

Step Three – The Steep & 24-Hour Brew

At this point, you will let your redbud blossoms steep until they reach room temperature. Once it has cooled down pop it into the fridge and allow it to brew for 24 hours. This is going to give you a really rich Redbud blossom flavor and ultimately the most beautiful pink/purple tea coloring.

Add a lid to the jar while it’s steeping and brewing to keep all the goodness in. I personally prefer reusable lids so I’m not wasting a canning lid.

Redbud blossom tea steeping in the boiling water in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board

Step Four – Straining After 24-hour Brew

Initially, the water will look rather creek-like. Really gross, green, or a dirty pee color. Don’t worry, this is how it’s supposed to look! Keep going through the steps and trust the process.

Redbud blossom tea after brewing in the fridge for 24 hours looks green and rather gross initially. Fully steeped Redbud blossom tea in a large ball glass jar sitting on a wooden cutting board.

After steeping for 24 hours, strain the tea to remove the blossoms and any debris. You can use a fine-mesh strainer, cheese cloth, or Coffee Filter.

I actually did a double strain. Once to catch the bulk of the large blossoms. And a second time with a fine strainer to catch any remaining debris.

First strain Redbud blossom tea after brewing for 24 hours in the refrigerator through a mesh strainer.
The second straining with a fine mesh strainer for the Redbud blossom tea to catch any remaining debris.

Step Five – Adding Lemon Juice to Color Change & Add a Fresh Zing!

This step is totally optional, but I love it because lemon juice is wonderful to counteract any sweetness you may add. Also, it’s super healthy for you as well as it does a magical color-changing trick to the Redbud tea!

Cut open lemon on a citrus juicer with a tablespoon and knife next to it sitting on a wooden cutting board.

Add 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed or from a bottle, and watch the magic happen!

I could not believe how magical it just changed the color to a bright Fuschia! The reason why is a super cool science answer I’m going to give you right now.

Before adding lemon juice to the redbud blossom tea it is a dark purple color in a glass jar sitting on a wooden cutting board.
After adding lemon juice the redbud blossom tea turns a bright pink fuschia color sitting in a glass jar on a wooden cutting board.

Why Lemon Juice Changes the Color of Redbud Tea

The pigments in redbud flowers are anthocyanins, which are water-soluble compounds that can change color based on the pH of the solution they are in.

When lemon juice is added to redbud tea, the acidity of the lemon juice can alter the pH of the tea. This causes the anthocyanins to shift their color from pinkish-purple to reddish-pink or even reddish-yellow, depending on the concentration of the lemon juice.

So, the change in color of redbud tea when lemon juice is added is due to a chemical reaction between the acidic lemon juice and the anthocyanin pigments in the tea.

Step Six – Adding Sugar to Sweeten the Flower Tea

This is completely optional. Redbud Blossom Tea already has a faint sweet taste, but I really love mine iced with a little bit more sweetness to it.

A closer view of the redbud blossom tea with simple syrup added and lemon wedges.

The best option is to add a liquid sweetener like agave, honey (raw, organic, and local if you can!), or maple syrup to taste. However, there is another option!

Create a Simple Syrup & Add it to Cold Water

You can use this Redbud tea to create a simple syrup by adding equal cups of sugar as cups water in a stock pot and allowing it to dissolve fully and come to a rolling boil. Then simply add 1 cup to a pitcher and fill the rest with cold water and ice! Top the cup with a slice of lemon for a beautiful garnish pour and serve!

I added 1 1/4 cups of Simple Syrup to 5 Cups of cold water, ice, and cut-up lemons. It was a nice refreshing drink! But you can definitely add less sugar. However, in this method, less sugar also means less Redbud flavor and pink color which is a bummer!

It has a delicate floral flavor and it isn’t as strong as using the Redbud tea and simply serving it with a few tablespoons of sweetener.

For full directions on how to make Redbud Flower Simple Syrup check out this post.

Variations – Adding Your Twist to Redbud Blossom Tea

There are a few options and variations you can consider before you pour it into a cup and drink.

Iced or Hot

Overall, the choice between hot or cold redbud blossom tea comes down to personal preference and weather conditions. So feel free to experiment and enjoy this delicious and unique tea in whichever way you prefer.


Redbud blossom tea has a subtle sweetness of its own, but if you prefer a sweeter taste, there are several natural sweeteners that pair well with its flavor. Here are some great sweetener options for redbud blossom tea:

  1. Honey. Honey is a classic sweetener for tea, and it pairs well with the delicate floral notes of redbud blossom tea. Use raw or organic honey for the best flavor and nutritional benefits.
  2. Maple syrup. Maple syrup is another natural sweetener that complements the earthy and slightly nutty taste of redbud blossom tea. Use pure maple syrup for the best flavor.
  3. Agave nectar. Agave nectar is a popular vegan sweetener that has a mild, neutral taste that won’t overpower the delicate flavor of redbud blossom tea.
  4. Stevia. Stevia is a zero-calorie sweetener that comes from the leaves of the stevia plant. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a low-sugar or low-calorie sweetener.

Overall, these natural sweeteners can enhance the flavor of redbud blossom tea without adding refined sugars or artificial ingredients. Be sure to experiment with different sweeteners to find your perfect combination.

Herbal Additions

Redbud blossom tea has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor with a floral aroma. Herbs that pair well with this tea include mint, lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, and rose petals.

These herbs can enhance the floral and sweet notes of the tea while adding their own unique flavors and aromas. You can also experiment with other herbs and spices, such as cinnamon or ginger, to create your own custom blend.

More Redbud Blossom Content to Binge!

Redbud tea is just the beginning of the amazing recipes you can create using the lovely Redbud blossoms. Let’s discuss this.


The Western Redbud, Cercis occidentalis, a highly ornamental small deciduous tree is covered with masses of brilliant rose-purple blossoms in early spring. Rounded heart-shaped leaves emerge apple green, aging to blue-green. Long seed pods ripen to purple-brown in late summer. Foliage provides excellent fall color. The blossoms are edible and have the same benefits as the Eastern Redbud Tree.

Redbud blossoms can be used in a variety of ways:

  1. Make tea
  2. Add to salads
  3. Infuse in vinegar
  4. Make Simple Syrup
  5. Use as a garnish
  6. Eat raw
  7. Create Redbud Jelly

Only some parts of the redbud tree are edible, including flowers, young leaves, pods, and seeds, while others like inner bark, wood, and roots are toxic.

Redbud tea is rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage and reduce inflammation in the body. It may also help lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, and improve digestion. Additionally, its unique flavor and aroma can provide a calming effect and promote relaxation.

Redbud tea has a slightly tart and tangy taste with floral and earthy notes. It is often described as having a similar taste profile to hibiscus tea, with a hint of sweetness and a refreshing aftertaste.

Yes, Eastern Redbud blossoms are edible and have a slightly sweet and tangy flavor. Make sure they are free of pesticides and start with small amounts due to potential allergies.

While Eastern Redbud flowers have been used in traditional medicine for their antispasmodic and fever-reducing properties, there is limited scientific research on their medicinal benefits. More studies are needed to confirm their potential health benefits.

Redbud Blossom Tea: Printable Recipe Card

Redbud blossom tea in a glass cup with a lemon slice on the rim. In the back is redbud simple syrup in a swing top lid glass jar. A lemon sits next to a wooden spoon and a redbud blossom filled branch overhangs the whole scene.

Redbud Blossom Tea

Yield: 64 oz.
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Enjoy a refreshing cup of Redbud Blossom Tea made with freshly harvested flowers, hot water, and a touch of honey. A floral delight in every sip!


  • 4 Cups of Redbud Blossoms
  • 4 Cups of Boiling Hot Water + Additional Water for the Pitcher
  • Up To 1 Cup of Sweetener of Choice (personal taste)
  • Lemon Juice & Lemon Wedges (Optional)


  1. Forage 4 cups of Redbud flowers off of either a Western Redbud Tree or Eastern Redbud Tree.
  2. Measure them to ensure the amount.
  3. Add them to a large glass jar like a 64 oz. Ball Jar.
  4. Add 4 cups of boiling hot water to the jar on top of the Redbud Blossoms
  5. Let it steep with a lid on until it reaches room temperature.
  6. Once it reaches room temperature put it in the refrigerator to brew for up to 24 hours.
  7. Take your brew out of the refrigerator and strain your Redbud blossoms through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter.
  8. Add to your pitcher.
  9. Then add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  10. At this point add your sweetener of choice.
  11. You can warm this up in a medium saucepan if you want it warm, or add ice and fill the pitcher all the way up with water.
  12. Stir the mixture thoroughly, pour into a cup, and enjoy!


You can also garnish the drink with herbs, additional edible florals, or a lemon wedge.


In conclusion, Redbud blossom tea is a unique and flavorful tea that can be easily brewed at home using just a few simple steps.

By following the guidelines outlined in this step-by-step guide, you can create a delicious and aromatic tea that is not only tasty but also packed with potential health benefits.

Whether you’re looking to try something new or simply want to enjoy a warm cup of tea, Redbud blossom tea is definitely worth a try!

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