Cercis occidentalis

Western redbud. A deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 20’ with an equal spread. In native situations it usually forms multi-stemmed thickets. The smooth, silver-gray bark adds year-round interest. Brilliant magenta, pea-like flowers in early spring are usually borne on bare stems, then followed by handsome blue-green, heart-shaped leaves. Leaf buds are often pinkish before they open. In frost prone areas, fall color can be outstanding. After the leaves have fallen coppery seed pods hang on the bare stems well into winter. An excellent choice for dry, seldom watered banks or as a carefully placed specimen. Flower production is stronger in colder climates. Classic combined with Ceanothus. The hard, beautifully grained wood of some Cercis has been used by cabinet makers for centuries to make veneers and inlays. The genus name Cercis is derived from the Greek kerkis, meaning “weaver’s shuttle.” This description refers to the long, flat seed pods of Cercis siliquastrum, known commonly as the Judas tree. Legend has it that the pale flowers blushed red in shame when Judas hung himself from the limb of a Cercis siliquastrum. Former president George Washington was particularly fond of the eastern redbud, Cercis canadensis, and transplanted many of them from the wild to his estate in Mt. Vernon. Hardy to 0F. California.

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