The western redbud (cercis occidentalis) is a tree/shrub with beautiful pink flowers in the spring. A California native, the western redbud is a deciduous, multi-trunk tree or shrub that reaches to 6′ to 20′ tall. Covered with flowers, it provides a showy focal point to a California garden in the Spring.
Planted 4 years ago, this western redbud is 8′ tall. We’ve only pruned out crossing branches, so this is the natural form.
The western redbud is just a pretty when you get closer. The silvery-gray branches set off the flowers nicely. These photos were taken in mid-March, when the leaves were just emerging.
The flowers look like pea flowers: the western redbud is a member of the pea family.
The western redbud is low maintenance: no diseases, no insect attacks, no fertilizer, occasional water (monthly in the dry season) once established, and little pruning. The California coast has a Mediterranean climate — warm, dry summers, and mild winters — so monthly watering helps conserve water.
The western redbud is a beautiful plant that is easy to care for — a star of the California garden.