Cercis occidentalis

California Redbud

California Redbud is a xeric form of redbud native to the western US. It grows as a small tree or large shrub and blooms in mid-spring with bright pink or rose-pink flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones7 - 9
Advantages
Bee Friendly
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Less than 10" (with irrigation)
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Height8-18' tall
Mature Spread6-8' wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
SizeNo
SKU12772

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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8-18' 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.
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SKU12772
Common Name
California Redbud
Botanical Name
Cercis occidentalis
Zones
7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
8-18' tall
Mature Spread
6-8' wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
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"
Advantages
Bee Friendly
Ideal Region
Western Only
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To Canada
No
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