Details8-18' tall x 6-8' wide. (Seed propagated). California Redbud brings an unforgettable display of pink to magenta flower to the mid-spring garden. Growing as a graceful shrub or small tree, this species is much better adapted to hot, sunny western climates than the Eastern Redbud (C. canadensis). Cold hardy to at least 0° F by its third growing season in the ground, protect young seedlings for the first couple of winters against temperatures below 15-20° F. This redbud grows in most soils including clay and requires winter frost to bloom. Native to the Great Basin area of eastern CA, NV and UT, it is usually found growing near seeps and seasonal streams. It's well worth the effort to establish this very special native flowering tree. Low fertility, well-drained soil.
|Common Name||California Redbud|
|Botanical Name||Cercis occidentalis|
|Zones||7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Flower Color||Pink, Red|
|Mature Height||8-18' tall|
|Mature Spread||6-8' wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Ideal Region||Western Only|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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