Western Redbud

Cercis occidentalis

Native to California’s low-elevation foothills, this small deciduous tree grows into a low-branching, compact shape. Broad, heart-shaped foliage emerges apple green, and transitions through shades of blue-green and reddish yellow before dropping in winter. Smooth, silvery-gray branches become blanketed with magenta, sweet pea-like flowers in spring. A charming addition to a wildlife garden, this small tree makes a handsome mass planting or stand alone specimen.


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Western Redbud

Cercis occidentalis
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Multi 10 / 15 gallon, 23"h x 36"w:Multi 24"box, 76"h x 52"w:Standard 15 gallon, 64"h x 26"w

Deciduous / Evergreen

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Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.