Mexican Redbud

Cercis canadensis var. mexicana

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.
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5 - 9

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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationSER-sis kan-a-DEN-sis meks-ih-KAY-nuh
LoreThis 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing, small tree; reaches 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Spring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.

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.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 5 - 9

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