Southwest Plant of the Month – Mexican redbud – Cercis canadensis var. Mexicana

Oct 20, 2020 | Plant of the Month

General Information

Plant Form Tree Plant Size 20′ x 12′
Plant Type Deciduous Water Usage Low
Sunlight Sun, Partial Shade Colors Pink

 Physical Description:  Beautiful, showy pink blossoms line naked branches before leaves emerge in spring. Dark green wavy leaves and purplish seed pods prolong color display into summer. Edible flowers.

Care and Maintenance:  Leaves may be damaged by leaf cutter bees. Suckers.

Gardener’s Notes:  Attractive ornamental, usually multi-trunked. Attracts bees and butterflies.
This Trans-Pecos native is more drought and heat tolerant, with smaller, thicker leaves, than eastern relatives.

Photo and information from:   NMSU Desert Blooms Plant Advisor