Cercis orbiculata Greene
California redbud, Western redbud, Arizona redbud, Pata de vaca
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Cercis canadensis var. orbiculata, Cercis occidentalis var. orbiculata
USDA Symbol: ceor9
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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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: 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.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy flowers and seedpods. Attractive foliage.
Use Other: Bark and young shoots used in basketry by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
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.
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-06-07
Research By: TWC Staff