Botanical Name: Cercis occidentalis
Common Name: Western Redbud  
Plant photo of: Cercis occidentalis
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, Purple


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Yellow Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Foundation, Lawn, Patio, Park


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Steve Mullany/Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

This deciduous shrub or small tree reaches 15' tall and 10' wide. Beautiful magenta flowers appear in spring, before the leaves appear. Foliage is apple green , turning yellow to red in the fall. Seed pods dangle on this tree in winter. Western Redbud prefers full sun but will appreciate afternoon shade in desert areas. It needs well draining soil. It is drought tolerant once it's established. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. A tree of varying interest all year round!
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas