Western Redbud

Cercis occidentalis


The western redbud is one of the premier flowering plants of our California flora. It grows into a large deciduous shrub or small tree and can reach 10-20 ft. tall and 10-15 ft. wide. Round green leaves, 2-3 in. wide are heart-shaped at the base. Showy clusters of pea-shaped flowers occur in early spring and range in color from light to deep magenta. Flat 2-3 in. long seedpods mature through spring and summer and persist while the plant is deciduous in winter.

Western redbud is one of the most popular native plants for California gardens. It naturally grows as a multi-branched shrub that can mature after many years into a small canopy tree. It grows well in sun to partial shade and in a variety of soil types, including clay. In hotter parts of the Inland Empire it does best with protection from hot summertime afternoon sun. It grows well with many plants on the Western Sycamore Palette.

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Open, Multi-trunk, Low-branching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Magenta
Flower Season: Winter, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Silt, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Moderate shade, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Slopes, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Flowering accent plant, Banks, Attracts butterflies
Height: 10 ft. – 15 ft.
Width: 10 ft. – 20 ft.