Western Redbud, California Redbud Cercis occidentalis
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Western Redbud, California Redbud
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In Stock: 1.93 lb
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Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe.
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.
if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required.
boiling water can be used if hot water does not scarify the seed.
In a Nutshell:
* Cercis occidentalis, the western redbud (syn. Cercis orbiculata Greene) is a small tree or shrub in the legume family. It is found across the American Southwest, from California to Utah.
* The thin, shiny brown branches bear shiny heart-shaped leaves which are light green early in the season and darken as they age. Leaves on plants at higher elevation may turn gold or red as the weather cools.
* The showy flowers are bright pink or magenta, and grow in clusters all over the shrub, making the plant very colorful and noticeable in the landscape.
* Native Californians use the twigs of the western redbud to weave baskets, and even prune the shrub to encourage growth of new twigs. The bark provides a faint reddish dye for the finished basketry. more...