• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing, small tree; reaches 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Small Flowering Tree
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SER-sis mek-si-KA-na
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 24
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing, small tree; reaches 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleRustic
    Design IdeasSmall western redbud species are among the best small trees for residential yards in drought plagued regions. Add to foundation plantings in front and back yard. Use as accents at outdoor living areas in conjunction with western natives. Blend into sweeping dryland landscapes for seasonal change. Plant near natural pools, rock waterfalls and fountains for a remarkably refreshing effect.
    Companion PlantsAutumn Sage (Savlia greggii); Penstemon (Penstemon); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers well-drained, light soil but fairly adaptable. Provide winter protection in zone 5; hardy to -5 °F. Best with light shade in hot southwestern deserts. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This native species is distributed in dry washes throughout the Chihuahuan desert of southernTexas and northern Mexico, near washes. It was classified by George Engelman, 1809-1844, a physician in St. Louis botanist who has made great contributions to American botany. This and all redbuds are members of the legume family and are known to fix nitrogen in very poor soils.
    This plant is named "redbud" because its inner bark bears this coloring and was therefore highly valued by Native American basket makers as a source of natural pattern contrast without the need to dye the fibers.