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 Native Plant Database

Cercis orbiculata

California redbud, Western redbud, Arizona redbud, Pata de vaca

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Cercis orbiculata (California redbud)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Large flowering shrub or small tree with rounded crown of many spreading branches.

California Redbud is common in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, and is a handsome ornamental with showy flowers that cover the twigs in early spring. Native Americans used to make bows from the wood. Deer browse the foliage.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: N. California east to S. Utah and south to S. Arizona; at 500-6000 (152-1829 m).
Native Habitat: Canyons and slopes of foothills and mountains.


Use Ornamental: Showy flowers and seedpods. Attractive foliage.
Use Other: Bark and young shoots used in basketry by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes

Last Update: 2009-06-07