With a range extending into northern California and Siskiyou County, Western redbud is found growing in chaparral and foothill woodland habitat in canyons and slopes at low to mid elevations. The showy magenta flowers emerge before the leaves and are a harbinger of spring. The flower clusters are striking, catching your eye from far away, and are attractive to many pollinators, including butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and native bees. Although it appreciates a little summer moisture, Western redbud is drought tolerant and is adaptable to various soil types, including clay. It is deciduous and typically grows 10′-15′ tall.
Cercis occidentalis seed packets contain 1/4 teaspoon of seed with approximately 35 seeds.
Seed Germination Instructions
60 days cold-moist stratification. May benefit from a hot (not boiling) water soak prior to sowing. Sow outside in fall to late winter.