Cercis occidentalisItem #4301 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
Beautiful in all seasons, this highly ornamental small tree is covered with masses of brilliant rose-purple blossoms in early spring. Rounded heart-shaped leaves emerge apple green, aging to blue-green. Long seed pods ripen to purple-brown in summer. Foliage provides excellent fall color. Smooth silvery-gray branches are picturesque in the winter landscape.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 15 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SER-sis ok-si-den-TAY-lisPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:NarrowAverage landscape size:Reaches 15 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.Special features:Attractive Bark, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Bird Friendly, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Light GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:Purplish-pinkFlower attributesShowy Flowers
- CareCare InformationAdapts 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.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Native Californians use the twigs of the Western Redbud to weave baskets. The bark provides a faint reddish dye for the finished basketry.