Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing small tree 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Waterwise
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Early spring
Botanical Pronunciation:SER-sis mek-si-KA-na
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:4 - 24
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing small tree 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.
Foliage color:Blue-green
Blooms:Early spring
Flower color:Purple
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 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').
Care Information
Best planted in 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. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
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.