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NEMO Nevada (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials)

Photo of Western redbud - California redbud
Photo of Western redbud - California redbud

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Photos: Gary Monroe @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Western redbud - California redbud

Botanical Name: Cercis orbiculata

Can be used in these types of LID features:

  • Vegetated swales and large-scale features - YES
  • Bioretention cells/ rain gardens/small-scale features - YES
  • Green roofs - NO

Location in feature: Upland, Slope

Plant characteristics:

  • Native Status: Native
  • Height: 7-20' tree/shrub
  • Mature shape or form: Erect, rounded
  • Flowering time: Feb. - April
  • Flower color: Pink to purple
  • Poor potential to be weedy or invasive
  • High commercial availability

Water issues:

  • Annual water requirement (in inches):
  • Drainage requirement: Requires good drainage
  • Poor tolerance of prolonged saturation
  • Moderate tolerance of periodic flooding

Soil texture adaptation:

  • Poorly adapted to clay or fine-textured soils
  • Highly adapted to medium-textured soils
  • Highly adapted to coarse-textured soils

Other tolerances:

  • High drought tolerance
  • Poor salinity tolerance
  • Poor wind tolerance
  • Poor shade tolerance

Maintenance requirement: Requires little maintenance

Notes: Plants do well in moderate- to low-fertility soils

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