Western Redbud

Cercis occidentalis

Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) - full view

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Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) - leaves & flower

Foliage detail

Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) - leaves

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height: 10-18'; Spread: 10-18'

  • Growth:

    Slow

  • Character:

    Deciduous; typically grows multiple trunks, rounded canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green to showy yellow/orange/red in fall, heart-shaped leaf 2–3” long.

  • Flower:

    Magenta flowers in clusters cover branches in spring before leaves appear.

  • Fruit:

    Purplish tan to brown legume seed pods appear in summer and persist into winter.

  • Bark:

    Smooth gray bark darkens with age.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning to train a good shape. Regular pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought tolerant (once established), any soil, heat, and some shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Multi-trunk. Needs wide basin for surface roots

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to California. Resistant to oak root fungus. Flowers before leaves appear.