western redbud Fabaceae Cercis orbiculata Greene Listen to the Latin symbol: CEOR9 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, rounded to kidney shaped, heart-shaped base, 1 to 4 inches long, somewhat leathery.
Flower: Perfect, small, reddish-purple, pea-like flowers borne in small, frequent clusters, plants in flower are spectacular.
Fruit: Flat, leathery pods (legumes), 2 to 4 inches long, hanging in clusters.
Twig: Small branches are slender, angled, and have smooth, brown bark with lighter lenticels.
Bark: Thin and somewhat scaly, sometimes ridged, brown.
Form: A large, erect, rounded shrub (most commonly) or a small tree up to 20 feet tall.

Looks like: eastern redbud - Chinese redbud
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Additional Range Information:
Cercis orbiculata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting western redbud.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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