Cercis occidentalis      
Western redbud    
Fabaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Western redbud leaf
leaf form
Form: shrub, or can be trained to single or multi-stemmed tree
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: 15ft tall with equal spread
Leaves: dark green, heart-shaped; emerge in spring after flowers
Flowers: small pinkish-purple, on bare wood before new spring leaves, pea-shaped
Fruit: brown bean pods
Stems/Trunks: gray
Range/Origin: Chihuahuan desert, found in washes
Hardiness: to 10°F


Western redbud tree
Cercis occidentalis in spring
just coming out of dormancy
Western redbud tree
same specimen, 2 months later


Research by Master Gardener Jodie Bagley


pink flower
flower on Cercis occidentalis
Very similar to Cercis canadensis (Mexican redbud); some references use the names interchangeably. C. occidentalis is more shrub-like; C. canadensis is a larger tree.

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