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Cercis occidentalis

Cercis occidentalis
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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).
key features
Botanical Name
Cercis occidentalis
Growing Zones
Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Bee Friendly
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
8-18' tall
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer


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.