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Plant Guide

Cercis occidentalis (Tree)

Common Name
Western Redbud
CA Native
California Native
Plant Type
Tree
Size
12’ X 20’
Flower Color
Magenta
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Leaves
Green to Blue-green
Evergreen
Deciduous
Deer Resistant
Wildlife Value
  • Bird Habitat
  • Seed and Fruit for Birds
Growth Rate
Slow
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
  • Specimen
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Clay
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

Spectacular early spring flowers, best with some winter chill. This can be a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree

10 - 18 ft. tall and wide. Use as a specimen tree in a woodland garden.

 

Master Gardener Comments

Responds well to winter pruning during dormancy

 

Varietals

Pea family

Leguminosae

 

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