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Cercis occidentalis

Common Name(s):
California redbud, Western red bud
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Wildlife Value:  The flowers provide nectar for bees and once pollinated form leguminous pods, the seed can be consumed by birds. Members of the genus Cercis support the following specialized bee: Habropoda laboriosa.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: This tree can suffer from damage caused by deer.  

Height:
10-18 ft.
Flower:
Pink to magenta flowers in early spring; reddish-brown seed pods
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil; drought tolerant
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Variable form; multi-stemmed
Width:
10-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
1-3 in. green leaves; light yellow to yellowish orange fall color
Tags:
deciduous, bees, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees

NCCES plant id: 1949

Cercis occidentalis Leaves and Flowers of C. occidentalis
Alan English CPA, CC BY-NC-2.0
Cercis occidentalis Observed at the Horticultural Field Lab, NCSU. Raleigh, NC.
David Roberts , CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0