Mexican Redbud

Cercis canadensis var. mexicana

Item 023515


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  • Light Needs
    Full sun to Partial sun
  • Watering Needs
    Once established, water occasionally; more often in extreme heat.

Great small space tree especially adapted for the conditions of the desert southwest. Brilliant rose-violet blooms appear in spring just before the foliage emerges. Glossy, blue-green leaves have pronounced wavy edges. Exceptionally showy autumn foliage is glistened with gold, resembling that of a quaking aspen in late fall. Deciduous.

Bloom :: Credit: Richard Shiell Fall Foliage :: Credit: Monrovia Landscape - Fall Foliage :: Credit: Monrovia Medium Shot: Foliage :: Credit: Doreen Wynja

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Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing, small tree; reaches 12 to 20 ft. tall and. wide.
Flowering Season
Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis var. mexicana
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Habit: Round
Growth Rate: Moderate
Special Feature: Attracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Foliage Color: Blue-green
Flower Attribute: Showy Flowers
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Flower Color: Purple
Garden Style: Rustic
Design Ideas: Small western redbud species are among the best small trees for residential yards in drought plagued regions. Add to foundation plantings in front and back yard. Use as accents at outdoor living areas in conjunction with western natives. Blend into sweeping dryland landscapes for seasonal change. Plant near natural pools, rock waterfalls and fountains for a remarkably refreshing effect.

Prefers well-drained, light soil but fairly adaptable. Provide winter protection in zone 5; hardy to -5 °F. Best with light shade in hot southwestern deserts. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring.


This plant is named "redbud" because its inner bark bears this coloring and was therefore highly valued by Native American basket makers as a source of natural pattern contrast without the need to dye the fibers.

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