Sunday, January 29, 2012

Springtime Magenta Explosion

Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. texensis) is a small ornamental tree that announces the arrival of spring with a floral magenta explosion (photo).

It is grown for its showy spring display of blossoms and glossy heart-shaped leaves (photo).

It is smaller and more drought tolerant than the Eastern Redbud. It grows 8”-15” per year reaching 12'-15' tall and wide. It often is a short wide tree and often multi-trunked. Texas Redbud is a great specimen tree for the courtyard, entryway, or outside a picture window. Plant it where all can enjoy. Texas Redbud also provides good winter interest because of its grayish bark and crooked branches (photo).

This tree is best grown in partial shade sheltered from the western sun or as an understory tree as it tolerates dappled light. Low to regular water. Zone 6.   Email the nursery for more information at: treesthatplease@comcast.net.
Written by:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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