Cercis canadensis var. canadensis
Cercis canadensis L. var. canadensis
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: CECAC
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Base: Cordate
Fruit Type: Legume
Flower: Flowers 1/2 inch
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Habitat: Shaded woods, Stream, river banks, Woodlands edge, Opening, Open woodlands
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy, Attractive, Understory tree, Fast growing, Accent tree or shrub, Fall conspicuous
Use Wildlife: Nectar-bees, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-moths, Nectar-insects, Fruit-birds, Browse.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Henrys Elfin.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Cercis canadensis var. canadensis is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Patsy Glenn Refuge - Wimberley, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 297 - Trees of Central Texas (1984) Vines, Robert A.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cercis canadensis var. canadensis in USDA Plants
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-07
Research By: TWC Staff