Cercis occidentalis

California Redbud

Red and Pink Cercis occidentalis, 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).

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Zones 7 - 9
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Less than 10" (with irrigation)
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 12772


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.
SKU 12772
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
Native Yes
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"
Advantages Bee Friendly
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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