Cercis canadensis var. texensis
Redbud; Judas Tree; Duraznillo
- Central Texas
- Part Sun/Shade
- Attracts Pollinators
About This Plant
The traffic-stopping sight of redbud in bloom is one of the earliest signs of spring; pink flowers smother the bare branches for a couple of weeks before the leaves appear. Texas Redbud grows in Texas and Oklahoma; it’s fast-growing and tolerates fairly thin soils and drought better than Eastern Redbud. It makes a great understory specimen under larger shade trees. Redbud looks best if it’s protected from the scorching afternoon summer sun. The heart-shaped leaves are noticeably thick; they can provide nice yellow color in autumn.
Pruning is always optional. Cuts should only be made at a bud or branch; in general focus on minimizing dead damaged or rubbing branches. 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 a minimum.
15-20' H, 20-30' W
Clay, Sandy, Thin, Well drained
Bees, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Pollinators