Cercis occidentalis, Western Redbud Cercis occidentalis
Western redbud tree Cercis orbiculata
Common Name Western Redbud, Pata de Vaca
Latin Name Cercis occidentalis
Family / Origin Fabaceae /
Sunset zone / USDA zone 2-24 / 8-11
Type / Form Tree / Small to medium
Native Habitat 300 to 4,500 feet in California foothill woodlands and 4,00 to 4,500 feet in Mojave and Sonoran Deserts
Soil Dry to moist, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, low to high organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month depending on soil in hot weather
Height X Width 20 feet X 10 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Glossy blue-green, heart shaped, winter deciduous
Flowers Showy pink, purple, or white flowers in April, rosy seed pods in May
Bark / Roots Thin and somewhat scaly, sometimes ridged, brown / No problematic surface roots
Maintenance Needs some pruning for tree to be strong
Propogation Seeds, cuttings
Pests and Diseases None significant
Landscape Uses Erosion control, low maintenance, fire retardant, background, parkways
Garden Suitability Songbird, Thornless, Butterfly, Fire Retardant, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, seeds eaten by birds, larval plant for butterflies
Native American Uses Roots used in basketry, seeds roasted and eaten, flowers eaten
Comments Looks great multi-trunked
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Cercis_occidentalis.html
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=203
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/55753/index.html
    Images and data http://www.bewaterwise.com/gardensoft/plant_description.aspx?PlantID=130
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=1877
    Images and data http://hort.ufl.edu/trees/CEROCCA.pdf
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55753/
    Images and data http://groups.ucanr.org/sonomamg/Plant_of_the_Month/Cercis_occidentalis.htm
    Images and data http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cercis_occidentalis
    Images and data http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_43ce.html
    Images and data http://www.bewaterwise.com/gardensoft/plant_description.aspx?PlantID=130
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Cercis_occidentalis.html
    Article http://www.csuchico.edu/lbib/spc/iepages/redbud.html
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Cercis+occidentalis
    Distribution map http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/data/atlas/little/cercocci.pdf
    Nursery, image, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/191.htm
    Nursery, image, and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?strLetter=C&plant_id=387&page=4
    Nursery, image, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Cercis+occidentalis