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Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud)

Western Redbud


Providing four-season interest, Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) is a deciduous shrub or small tree of great beauty. In spring, its silvery-gray branches contrast beautifully with masses of brilliant magenta flowers which are attractive to hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and other native pollinators. The cheerful blossoms give way to long, purple-brown seed pods which adorn the branches in summer. They create the illusion of having a twice-blooming tree in the garden. Emerging fresh apple green, the foliage of rounded, heart-shaped leaves, darkens to blue-green in summer, before warming up to golden yellow and rust red in the fall. As the leaves drop, they reveal the pleasing silver silhouette of this Redbud. Most often grown as a small, multi-trunked tree or shrub, the compact growth habit of Cercis occidentalis makes it suitable for small gardens.

  • Grows up to 10-15 ft. tall and wide (300-450 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this Redbud is easily grown in well-drained soils. Best flower production is obtained in full sun. Tolerates alkaline and clay soils. Drought tolerant but can handle occasional watering in summer as long as it is planted in well-drained soil. Needs a winter chill before flowers set properly.
  • Pest and disease resistant. Deer tolerant.
  • Perfect choice as a specimen plant or for shrub borders.
  • Native to California, Utah, and Arizona

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 9 – 12
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 9 – 12
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

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