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.
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