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Western redbud

Cercis occidentalis

Beautiful native small tree, often grows in a multi-trunk form. Small dark pink flowers bloom before leaves in early Spring. Do not over water, best for low-water landscapes.

SMUD Availability:
Yes
Size:
Small
Height:
15-20 ft
Width:
15-20 ft
Water Needs:
Low
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Shape:
shrubby
Fall color:
Yellow
Flowers:
Yes
Growth Rate:
Moderate to Fast
Sunset Zones:
7, 8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
Susceptible to Caterpillars, Scale, Crown Rot, Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
No

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 6 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 4 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 3 feet
  • between trees: 12 feet

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