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Cercis siliquastrum

Common Name(s):
Mediterranean redbud
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Drought tolerant and prefers drier climates.  

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:
15-25 ft.
Flower:
3-5 in. magenta flowers in early spring
Zones:
6-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil; drought tolerant
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Slender tree with single stem
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
3-5 in. alternate, simple leaves; new leaves are rich, bronze, reddish-purple
Tags:
deciduous, bees, drought tolerant, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, dry soil, wildlife, dry climate

NCCES plant id: 1956

Leaves and fruit of Cercis siliquastrum Observed in Perth, Australia.
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