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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Cercis orbiculata Greene
California redbud, Western redbud, Arizona redbud, Pata de vaca
Synonym(s): Cercis canadensis var. orbiculata, Cercis occidentalis var. orbiculata
USDA Symbol: ceor9
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, 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.
Showy flowers and seedpods. Attractive foliage. Use Other: Bark
and young shoots used in basketry by indigenous peoples. Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies Nectar Source:
Record Last Modified: 2009-06-07
Research By: TWC Staff