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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Cercis orbiculata Greene
California redbud, Western redbud, Arizona redbud, Pata de vaca
Synonyms: Cercis occidentalis
USDA Symbol: CEOR9
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Showy flowers and seedpods. Attractive foliage. Use Other: Bark
and young shoots used in basketry by indigenous peoples. Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies Nectar Source:
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Record Modified: 2009-06-07
Research By: TWC Staff