Texas RedbudCercis canadensis var. texensis
Texas Redbud grows as a deciduous small tree or multi-trunk shrub achieving a height of about 15-20 feet. The Texas Redbud differs from the Eastern Redbud in that the leaves are rounder, thicker, and very glossy. This variety is more drought and heat tolerant then the Eastern Redbud. The Texas Redbud is best known for the spring display of purple-red clusters of flowers on bare gray branches. The seedpod is flat, reddish-brown legume that ripens in the fall. Texas Redbud is well adapted to the South and Central Texas alkaline soils.
Use and Management
Planting sites for Texas Redbud should be in an area that provides part shade, or full sun in well drained soils. Ideally, they tend to grow best as a small under-story tree that receives late afternoon shade. They tend to be happier in the summer time with that extra shading. The Eastern Redbud tends to be more susceptible to drought stress and sunscald.
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