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Redbud tree

Redbud Trees

Redbud trees are relatively small ornamental trees and one of the first to produce flowers in the spring.

The tree can get to a height of 30 feet, but doesn't usually reach that in the desert Southwest.

Requires full sun to part-shade and grows about 12 to 18 inches per year. Moderate water use.

Masses of purple pink flowers grace the tree in early spring, followed by masses of seed pods.

We don't really recommend the Redbud for the desert landscape, because most trees grown in this hot dry climate tend to get leaf scorch.

The flowers are really beautiful in the spring, but that is about it, the tree usually looks unhealthy the rest of the year, because of the heat.

With that said, if you have a protected, cool patio, you may have better luck there, so go ahead and plant one. Just don't forget about the masses of seed pods that eventually fall to the ground.

Redbud tree seed pods
Redbud tree, seed pods
Redbud tree leaves
Redbud tree, leaves

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