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Cercis orbiculata (California redbud)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Cercis orbiculata

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

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume

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

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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.

From the Archive

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Cercis orbiculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cercis orbiculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cercis orbiculata


Record Modified: 2009-06-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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