Cercis occidentalis ~ Western Redbud
Cercis occidentalis is native to California, Arizona and Utah. The magenta blooms often start before the leaves. The Western Redbud is one of the first plants to bloom in our garden each year, usually starting in early Feburary. Cercis occidentalis will grow to 10-20 feet depending upon the conditions. The Western Redbud is fairly tolerant of garden conditions as long as the soil has not become too alkaline. The Western Redbud will lightly rebloom periodically through the Spring and Summer. The trees were historically hard pruned to encourage long straight slender branches that were used for basketry. The seeds and flowers of Cercis occidentalis are edible. The nectar from this early blooming species is important for a host of polinators including mason bees, and Mournful Duskywing butterflies.
High resolution photos of Cercis occidentalis are part of our garden image collection.