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Cercis occidentalis (Shrub)

  • Common Name
    Western Redbud
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    15' x 10'
  • Flower Color
    Magenta Pink
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Green in Spring Turning Yellow to Red in Fall
  • Evergreen
    Deciduous
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
    • Bird Habitat
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Fall Color
    • Good Under Oaks
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Cersis occidentalis can be a multi-stemmed shrub or tree depending on how you prune it. It has masses of magenta pink flowers in early spring which then develop into long brownish seed pods. In colder parts of Marin, the leaves will turn a bright yellow to red in the fall. Naturalize below your oaks or use in the back of a shrub border for early spring color. Blooms at the same time as some of the early Ceanothus.

    Plant slightly above grade in well-drained soil. Do not disturb root ball. Does not need amendments or fertilizer. Mulch around plant in at least a 2-3 foot diameter circle. Plant in the fall to take advantage of winter rains. Drought tolerant once established.

    Attracks hummingbirds and bees.

    No significant pests or diseases. Resistant to oak root fungus.

  • Master Gardener Comments
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  • Varietals

    C. occidentalis ' Alba' - white flowers

    C. occidentalis - 'Forest Pansy' - purple leaves and reddish branches