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Texas Redbud

Cercis canadensis var. texensis

Texas Redbud


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.

Additional Characteristics

  • Soil Moisture: Moist, Well Drained
  • Soil Types/Tolerance: Clay; Loam; Sand; Acidic; Well Drained
  • Additional Features: None
  • Special Resistance: See notes above


  • Typically planted in 10, 15, or 30 gal containers.
  • B&B trees are specified in height (6’ – 8’ ht, etc) or caliper (3” cal., etc)
  • Container trees can be double the price of B&B trees
  • Plant container trees in late summer, if price allows
  • Plant B&B trees if they were dug and cured in the winter months