Form: A shrub, or with pruning, a tree.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Slow.
Mature Size: 15-18' high and wide.
Flowers: Pink, appearing before leaf out, may persist as leaves develop, edible. The red buds
stay closed for two weeks before opening, giving this plant is name.
Bloom: Mid winter to spring, depending on location.
Fruit: Seed pod, edible when young, drying to brown.
Leaves: Green, heart-shaped, smooth with undulating margins, leathery, turning yellow in the fall.
This plant provides medium shade.
Stems: No thorns.
Roots: This is one of the few members of the Legume family that does not have root nodules and
does not perform nitrogen-fixing.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies, bees, and birds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Texas and Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 6-9.
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: Pruning is required to develop a strong structure.
Litter: Seedpods, leaves in fall.
Uses: Ornamental, shade. The edible flowers and buds can be used in salads. The young seed pods
can be eaten raw, sautéed, or boiled.
This plant is a member of the Legume family (Fabaceae). It is more heat and drought tolerant, and
smaller, than the Eastern and Texas Redbuds.
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