The Western Redbud is a small deciduous tree or shrub found in the foothills and mountains of California. In the northern, rainier part of its range, it grows more often on dry slopes in mountain foothills.
Western redbud, Cercis occidentalis, is a small deciduous tree in the Fabaceae (Legume) family. Cercis derives from the Greek word kerkis, or “weaver’s shuttle” –a reference to the characteristic flat seed pods that appear after bloom.
Plants Profile for Cercis orbiculata Greene – California redbud
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family Fabaceae ⁄ Leguminosae – Pea family
Genus Cercis L. – redbud
Species Cercis orbiculata Greene – California redbud
- CHAMPION TREE NATIONAL REGISTER: California Redbud (Cercis occidentalis)
- National Champion Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis)
- SelecTree: WESTERN REDBUD
- Western Redbud (cercis occidentalis)
This champion California Redbud of California made its debut on the list of American Forests Champion Trees in 2015, as it is the largest known tree of its species in the country. By recognizing these champions, we recognize the beauty and critical ecosystem services provided by our biggest and oldest trees.
Reddish-purple buds erupt into rosy pink blossoms, covering the branches and trunk of the redbud. What a beautiful sign spring has arrived!
A Cercis occidentalis in Santa Rosa is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 45 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 71 inches and a crown spread of 38 feet.