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Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma' is often confused with:
Cercis canadensis var. mexicana Cercis canadensis var. mexicana
Cercis chinensis Cercis chinensis
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' Cercis canadensis 'Merlot'
Cornus florida Cornus florida
Cercis canadensis 'NCCC1' PPAF Carolina Sweetheart™ Redbud
Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma' has some common insect problems:
Japanese Beetle
Leafhoppers Found on Flowers and Foliage
Fall Webworm
Redbud Leaffolder

Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Oklahoma'

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Cercis reniformis ‘Oklahoma’
Phonetic Spelling
SER-sis kan-ah-DEN-sis
Description

‘Oklahoma’ redbud is a woody, deciduous, perennial shrub or tree in the Fabacese (bean) family that was found growing in the wild in 1964 in Oklahoma. It has a dense, rounded crown and can grow 12 to 18 feet in height and 15 to 20 feet in width. The genus name Cercis comes from the Greek word kerkis which means weaver’s shuttle, referring to the seed pod’s resemblance to the size and shape of a weaver’s shuttle which is used to move thread back and forth on a loom. The name redbud comes from its inner bark that bears a reddish color.

It grows best in all soil types that have good drainage. Avoid wet or poorly drained soils. Plant in full sun to partial shade. It does not transplant well, so choose your location carefully. 

‘Oklahoma’ redbud has spectacular royal purple, pea-like flowers that emerge in early spring before the foliage appears. Perhaps its best trait is the thick glossy leaves that appear to be polished each day. The shiny leaves draw attention to the tree, even by those unaccustomed to noticing trees.

This redbud is very adaptable in North Carolina landscapes and considered by some to be a “must-have” small flowering tree. It is excellent for planting in lawns, woodland gardens, or in naturalized areas. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Japanese beetles, treehoppers, leafhoppers, caterpillars, borers, webworms, and scale. Canker is a significant disease problem while verticillium wilt, leaf spots, mildew, and blights are less frequent. This tree can suffer damage caused by deer.  

VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

More information on Cercis canadensis var. texensis.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Texas white redbud'
    white flower
  • 'Traveller'
    weeping
'Texas white redbud', 'Traveller'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#small tree#specimen#wildlife plant#nectar plant#showy leaves#spring flowers#winter interest#flowering tree#specialized bees#cpp#deer browsing plant#children's garden#playground plant#showstopper#naturalizes#pollinator plant#nectar plant spring#understory planting#shiny leaves#patio planting#bird friendly#bee friendly#woodland garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Texas white redbud'
    white flower
  • 'Traveller'
    weeping
'Texas white redbud', 'Traveller'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#small tree#specimen#wildlife plant#nectar plant#showy leaves#spring flowers#winter interest#flowering tree#specialized bees#cpp#deer browsing plant#children's garden#playground plant#showstopper#naturalizes#pollinator plant#nectar plant spring#understory planting#shiny leaves#patio planting#bird friendly#bee friendly#woodland garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cercis
    Species:
    canadensis
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    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.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    A thicker leaf cuticle allows for greater drought tolerance than C. canadensis.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 12 ft. 0 in. - 18 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-trunked
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Legume
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Flattened bean pod 1-3" long start offf green and mature to brown in summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Royal purple pea-like flowers 1/2" wide in clusters of 4-10 blooms appear before the foliage in early spring (March-April)
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Thick, papery texture glossy blue green, heart-shaped leaves 3"-5" wide and pointed at the tip.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
    Bark Plate Shape:
    Irregular
    Rectangle
    Square
    Bark Description:
    Light to dark gray with ridges and square to rectangle irregular plates with age. Mature bark looks alligator-like.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Smooth/Hairless
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Form:
    Straight
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut