Mexican Redbud

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Mexican Redbud

Cercis canadensis var. mexicana
Mexican Redbud
10

14 feet
10

12 feet
Native to West Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Attracts Pollinators

About This Plant

Sun; deciduous, with small, glossy, strongly dimpled leaves that may tolerate drought a bit better than its Texas cousin. Purplish blooms in very early spring. Generally, this redbud grows as a multi-trunked specimen, somewhat shrubby in stature.

Native to west Texas, Mexican redbud tolerates thin limestone soils, but give it good drainage.

Maintenance

Don’t over prune your young redbuds to force them into a treelike shape; losing all their lower branches in a single day may result in a severely weakened tree. In general, focus on minimizing dead, damaged, or rubbing branches. Cuts should only be made at a bud or branch; as with any tree, remove no more than 25% of the total canopy during any five-year cycle. To maintain a healthy specimen leave the upper 2/3 of the tree’s height uncut, and never remove more than the lowest third of the tree in a single pruning period — for example, on a 12-foot tree, stick to the lowest 4 feet. Mulch with about 2 of wood chips or pine bark wherever possible. (In general, a tree’s mulched area should be six feet at minimum).

Features

Plant Type:
Large Shrub
Size:
10-14' H, 10-12' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Thin
Wildlife:
Bees, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Purple
Bloom Time:
February, March, April
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:

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