Western Redbud

About Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis)

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.


Native Plant Spotlight: Cercis occidentalis

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
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae ⁄ Leguminosae – Pea family
Genus Cercis L. – redbud
Species Cercis orbiculata Greene – California redbud

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