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Cercis canadensis ssp. mexicana
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Cercis

Cercis canadensis ssp. mexicana full sun  partial shade

An American native from Texas and Oklahoma, this hard-to-find deciduous subspecies combines floriferous good looks with a rugged temperament. Compact stems, which are shorter, thicker and more rigid than the species, form a dense, widely rounded foundation, showcasing masses of bright pinkish purple flowers in early spring followed by intriguing slim, violet-hued seed pods. Broad heart-shaped green leaves don distinctive wavy margins and a gleaming leathery blue finish. Especially acquiescent to high soil pH and dry conditions, Mexican Redbud can be utilized in water wise gardens alongside other toughies such as Hypericum f. ‘Sunburst’ and Arctostaphylos ‘Vancouver Jade’.

Blooms March-April

Size: 12' 0"–15' 0" high x 8' 0"–10' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Cercis canadensis ssp. mexicana (S-0784)
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