|These were the blossoms on the Western Redbud a few months ago, before the leaves appeared.|
|This is what it looks like now.|
Western (or California) Redbud
- Pea family
- Usually a shrub 7 to 18 feet high.
- Leaves are round and heart shaped, winter deciduous
- Bright purple flowers appear in early spring on naked branches, followed by bronze colored leaves that soon turn green.
- Seed pods appear in July.
- Grows below 4,000 feet.
- Drought tolerant and sun-loving.
- Native Americans highly prized this shrub and used its autumn wine-red branches for basket-making.
|I am hoping to have this redbud as part of my lovely front yard for many, many season to come.|
I have long wanted a redbud in my yard and when we did our front yard remodel we left a space for one in the front section. I planted poppies around the base and this spring I got to discover how beautifully they work together in my yard. I need to remember that you are to prune it in the fall, winter, or early spring after the leaf drop.
There is a wealth of information in the printable: USDA Western Redbud.
This the second of my shrubs…only three more to go to meet my 2013 goal.