Cercis occidentalisItem #4301 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
Beautiful in all seasons, this highly ornamental small 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 summer. Foliage provides excellent fall color. Smooth silvery-gray branches are picturesque in the winter landscape.
- DetailPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:NarrowAverage landscape size:Reaches fifteen feet tall and ten feet wide.Special features:Attractive Bark, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Bird Friendly, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Light GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:Purplish-pinkFlower attributesShowy Flowers
- CareCare InformationProvide well drained soil. Tolerates alkaline and clay soils, pH 5.5-8. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Needs a winter chill to set flowers set properly.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Requires little water once established.
- History & LoreHistory:Native Californians use the twigs of the Western Redbud to weave baskets. The bark provides a faint reddish dye for the finished basketry.