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Cercis canadensis var. mexicana: Mexican Redbud

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Form: A shrub, or with pruning, tree.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 18-25' high and wide.
Flowers: Pink, appear before leaf out, may persist as leaves develop. Red buds stay closed for two weeks before opening.
Bloom: Mid winter to spring, depending on location.
Fruit: Seed pod.
Leaves: Green, heart-shaped, smooth but undulating margins, turn yellow in fall. Medium shade.
Stems: No thorns. Trunk and branches susceptible to breakage.
Roots: Nitrogen fixing.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and bees.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Texas and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-9.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water after becoming established: Once or twice a month. Less water needed in part shade.
Soil: Tolerant, pH 5.6-8.5 (acidic to alkaline).
Prune: Requires pruning to develop strong structure.
Litter: Moderate.
Propagation: Seed.
Uses: Ornamental, shade.

More heat and drought tolerant than Texas Redbud.

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