How to Grow Cercis occidentalis Plants in your Garden
Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing California Redbud
The Cercis occidentalis plant belongs to the Fabaceae family and so is clidly related to beans, peas and other members of the legumes.
The plant is native to the southwestern states of the USA, especuially Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. It carries attrctive pink flowers on clusters in the spring months. It makes a great small tree to grow in a southwestern USA garden.
Botanical Cercis occidentalis photograph by Bri Weldon.
This ornamental plant has attractive leaves that change to a golden or red color once the weather has started to cool down. It makes a great drought tolerant plant.
Quick Growing and Care Guide
Scientific Name:Cercis occidentalis
Common Name (s): California redbud, Western redbud
Growing Zone (USA Hardiness): 7 to 9
Life Cycle / Plant Type: Large shrub, tree, Perennial
Leaf Foliages: Heart shaped. Shiny. Light green leaves turn to red or gold when temperatures start to cool down.
Best Light Conditions: Sunny, likes afternoon shade
Suitable Soil Types: Average, clay
Soil Soil Moisture: Tolerates dry soils. Provide water in the summer for better results. Supply water in desert regions.
Soil pH: 5 to 7 (tolerates alkaline soil)
Sowing, planting, and Propagation: Requires four seasons. Protect young seedlings from freezing temperatures (hardy after about three years)
Best Garden Use: dry slopes near a water source, wildlife gardens, areas with little rainfall or water supply
Closely Related Species:
Miscellaneous: brown / red-purple legume seed pods. Drought tolerant. Attracts bees, great as part of a wildlife garden. traditionally used to weave baskets. Prune to encourage further twigs. Bark used to produce a red dye.