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