Common Name: Judas tree, love tree
Type: Deciduous shrub or tree.
Size: 25 ft. high and wide as shrub, or taller tree.
Flowers: Purplish rose flowers 0.5 in. long in spring along with brown seed pods from prior year. Heart-shaped 3 to 5 in. leaves. New seed pods are purple.
Uses: Multiple or single trunk tree, screen, background, in heat. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Hummingbirds, butterflies, birds (seeds).
Soil: Tolerates a variety if well-drained.
Sun: Full sun to some shade.
Pruning: To encourage single or multiple trunks. Remove dead or damaged material at end of winter.
Pests & Diseases: Resists oak root fungus.
Notes: One of five Cercis grown in the West. Pods remain on bare branches in the winter. Wood is very hard and polishes well. Hardy to 10° F.