15' x 10'
Green in Spring Turning Yellow to Red in Fall
Adverse Growth Factors
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
C. occidentalis ' Alba' - white flowers
C. occidentalis - 'Forest Pansy' - purple leaves and reddish branches