Valued for flowers, fruit, foliage. Clusters of small, sweet pea–shaped, rosy to purplish pink blossoms in early spring; where plant is adapted, blooms are borne in great profusion on bare twigs, branches, and sometimes even on main trunk. Flowers are followed by clusters of flat, beanlike pods that persist into winter. Attractive broad, rounded leaves have a heart-shaped base.
All redbuds provide fall color with first frost and are attractive in naturalized settings. Do any pruning in dormant season or after bloom.Cercis occidentalis
Native to California, Arizona, Utah, but predominantly found in the California foothills below 4,000 ft. Shrub or small tree grows to 10–18 ft. tall and wide; usually produces several trunks from the base. Provides all-year interest. Magenta flowers bloom in spring; handsome blue-green, 3-in. leaves, notched or rounded at tip, and newly forming magenta seedpods adorn branches in summer. Foliage turns light yellow or red in fall, and bare branches holding reddish brown seedpods are picturesque in winter. Best floral display comes in areas with some winter chill. Resistant to oak root fungus. Very drought tolerant; excellent for seldom-watered banks.
From the southeastern U.S. Most of these elegant but tough plants, which resemble small shrubs, grow 2...
Lilac flowers in fall. Orange-red stigma is the true saffron of commerce. To harvest saffron, pluck st...
Sometimes mixed with lawn grass or dichondra seed. Prostrate stems root freely, send up a lush cover o...