Cercis canadensis var. mexicana
|Description||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.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing, small tree; reaches 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.|
|Design Ideas||Small 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 Plants||Autumn Sage (Savlia greggii); Penstemon (Penstemon); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)|
|Care||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.|
|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.|
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