Claremont Western Redbud
Cercis occidentalis 'Claremont'
Full sun, Partial sun
Once established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||SER-sis ok-si-den-TAY-lis|
|Lore||Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis) is native on dry slopes and often found next to a spring or seasonal creek, in the coast ranges and Sierra Nevada foothills to 4500 ft. in elevation, and east to Utah. The genus name Cercis comes from the Greek word "kerkis" which means "weaver's shuttle" in reference to the shape of the fruit. "Occidentalis" translates from Latin as "of the west" as this species is found only in the western United States. According to the USDA natural Resources Conservation Service, Native Americans used the branches in baskets, and historically burned redbud plants in the fall to encourage lush, new spring growth for basket making.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 20 ft. wide, 10 to 15 ft. tall.|
|Bloom Time||Late Winter to Early Spring|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Special Feature||Attractive Bark, Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Potentilla (Potentilla); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Dogwood (Cornus); Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)|
Adapts to a wide variety of soils, even clay; thrives in average to lean, well-drained soil. Best with some winter chill for optimal flowering. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Provide some shade and supplemental water in hot, desert-like regions.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9