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Cercis occidentalis - Torr.&A.Gray.

Common Name Western Redbud, California Redbud
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry slopes and in canyons in foothills below 1100 metres[71].
Range South-western N. America - California to Arizona.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cercis occidentalis Western Redbud, California Redbud


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Cercis occidentalis Western Redbud, California Redbud
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Summary

Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Mid spring. Form: Vase.


Physical Characteristics

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Cercis occidentalis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 4.5 m (14ft 9in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from April to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
It can fix Nitrogen.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Seed;  Seedpod.
Edible Uses:

Flowers - raw. Added to salads[183], they have a pleasant acid taste[K]. The flower buds are pickled like capers[183]. Seedpods - roasted[161, 177, 183]. The pods are up to 9cm long[229]. Seed - cooked[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Specimen. Succeeds in most soils and pH types, but dislikes growing in wet soils, especially when these are of clay[200]. Prefers a deep damp sandy loam and a very sunny position[11, 182]. Succeeds in light shade[200]. Dislikes drought[200]. Repays generous treatment[11]. This species does not flower very freely in Britain. Plants do not thrive at Kew, they prefer a hotter climate[11]. Plants require cool greenhouse treatment in Britain[1]. The flowers are produced on the branches of the previous or earlier years, and also on the trunk of the plant[82]. Plants are susceptible to coral spot fungus, especially when growing in areas with cooler summers where the wood is not fully ripened[11]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Resents root disturbance, plants should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible, preferably in May, and should be kept well watered until established[11]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200]. Special Features:North American native, Blooms are very showy.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. Pre-soak stored seed for 24 hours in warm water then cold stratify for 3 months[113]. Sow spring in the greenhouse[78]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Plants resent root disturbance and are best planted out in their permanent positions as soon as possible[11]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Australia, North America*, USA,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Cercis canadensisRedbud, Eastern redbud, Mexican redbud,Texas redbud32
Cercis chinensisChinese Redbud12
Cercis siliquastrumJudas Tree, Redbud40

 

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