Scientific Name: Cercis canadensis var. mexicana (Rose) M. Hopkins
Synonym: Cercis mexicana, Cercis reniformis
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Frost Tolerance: Hardy to -5°F (-20°C)
Heat Tolerance: Does better with light shade in the low southwestern deserts.
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Origin: North America
Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub or small tree, up to 25 feet tall (8 m), 25 feet spread (8 m)
Watering Needs: Regular water in summer
Propagation: Seeds, cultivars can be grafted, or propagated by cuttings in summer under mist.
The mature Mexican Redbud has a flat-topped or round form, with graceful, spreading branches.
The mexican Redbuds grows better in a well drained, light soil but is fairly adaptable. Check for cankers.
Redbud wood breaks easily. The redbuds should be pruned to eliminate weak V-crotches early, since they tend to break over time. U-shaped crotches are much more resistant.
The deep rose edible flowers, in 4-inch clusters (10 cm), come in early spring, before the leaves arrive. They are followed by brownish red pods, up to 3 inches long (7 cm)