Cercis occidentalis

California Redbud, Western Redbud

  • Cercis occidentalis

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Growing Info

Scarification: Pour boiling water over seed , let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination, sow seed 1/4" deep, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, remove mulch upon germination

Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Discover the beauty of Cercis occidentalis, also known as the Western Redbud or California Redbud. This small tree or shrub belongs to the legume family and can be found across the American Southwest, from California to Utah and Arizona.

One of the most striking features of the Western Redbud is its stunning display of flowers, which bloom from March to May. The showy flowers are a vibrant shade of pink or magenta and grow in clusters all over the shrub, creating a colorful and eye-catching appearance in any landscape.

The Western Redbud also boasts shiny heart-shaped leaves that start off as a light green in the early season and gradually darken as they age. At higher elevations, these leaves may even turn gold or red as the weather cools, adding even more visual interest to this already beautiful plant.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Western Redbud also holds cultural significance for Native Californians. They use the twigs of this plant to weave baskets and even prune the shrub to encourage the growth of new twigs. The bark of the Western Redbud provides a faint reddish dye, which is used to enhance the finished basketry.

This versatile plant is not only admired for its beauty and cultural significance but also for its ability to thrive in various environments. It is commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant and tree, making it a popular choice for parks, gardens, and even as a street tree. It is also well-suited for drought-tolerant, native plant, and wildlife gardens, as it can withstand dry conditions.

If you are looking to add a touch of natural beauty to your landscape, consider Cercis occidentalis, the Western Redbud or California Redbud. Its colorful flowers, shiny leaves, and cultural significance make it a remarkable addition to any outdoor space. Explore the enchanting world of this plant and experience its extraordinary beauty firsthand.

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