Cercis canadensis var. mexicanaItem #2351 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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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, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing, small tree; reaches 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; reaches 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Fall Color, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:Early SpringFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden 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 PlantsAutumn Sage (Savlia greggii); Penstemon (Penstemon); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)
- 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. 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- 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.