Western redbud Cercis occidentalis Size: Up to 10 feet. Bloom season: Early spring. Pruning needs: Little or none. Exposure: Full sun to partial shade. Water needs: Water deeply once or twice a month. Snapshot: Ubiquitous along area highways, this small California native tree boasts bright-purple blooms in spring, followed by attractive red seed pods in summer. New stems in winter (bearing the distinctive redbuds) were used by American Indians for making baskets. Besides being a low-maintenance plant, this tree offers an added plus – it attracts beneficial insects. Bees love it. See specimens in bloom now in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California native plants as well as other gardens on the UC Davis campus.
Western redbud Cercis occidentalis Size: Up to 10 feet. Bloom season: Early spring. Pruning needs: Little or none. Exposure: Full sun to partial shade. Water needs: Water deeply once or twice a month. Snapshot: Ubiquitous along area highways, this small California native tree boasts bright-purple blooms in spring, followed by attractive red seed pods in summer. New stems in winter (bearing the distinctive redbuds) were used by American Indians for making baskets. Besides being a low-maintenance plant, this tree offers an added plus – it attracts beneficial insects. Bees love it. See specimens in bloom now in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California native plants as well as other gardens on the UC Davis campus. Sacramento Bee
Western redbud Cercis occidentalis Size: Up to 10 feet. Bloom season: Early spring. Pruning needs: Little or none. Exposure: Full sun to partial shade. Water needs: Water deeply once or twice a month. Snapshot: Ubiquitous along area highways, this small California native tree boasts bright-purple blooms in spring, followed by attractive red seed pods in summer. New stems in winter (bearing the distinctive redbuds) were used by American Indians for making baskets. Besides being a low-maintenance plant, this tree offers an added plus – it attracts beneficial insects. Bees love it. See specimens in bloom now in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California native plants as well as other gardens on the UC Davis campus. Sacramento Bee

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