Cercis canadensis var. mexicanaItem #2351 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Great small space tree especially adapted for the conditions of the desert southwest. Brilliant rose-violet blooms appear in spring just before the foliage emerges. Glossy, blue-green leaves have pronounced wavy edges. Exceptionally showy autumn foliage is glistened with gold, resembling that of a quaking Aspen in late fall. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing small tree 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SER-sis mek-si-KA-naPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:4 - 24Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing small tree 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.Special features:Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Early springFlower color:PurpleGarden styleRusticDesign 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 PlantsGroup this great little native with Navajo Bright Red Autumn Sage, (Savlia greggii 'Navajo Bright Red'), Firecracker Penstemon, (Penstemon eatonii), Little Spire Russian Sage, (Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire') and Otto Quast Spanish Lavender, (Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast').
- CareCare InformationPrefers 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. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Apply general purpose fertilizer before new growth in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore: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.