Cercis canadensis ssp. mexicana

Mexican Redbud

Tips for Homeowners:

Remove dead branches as they occur with disinfected pruning tools. Mulch around the base of the tree, but not on the tree trunk.

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Multi-stemmed shrub or tree with red flowers and glossy leaves is extremely drought tolerant and favored by wildlife.

  • Smaller tree
  • Multi-stemmed with smaller, less vibrant flowers
  • Heat and drought tolerant

Proper location could be important in northern Kansas to avoid winter injury.

Height: 12-20 ft
Spread: 12-20 ft
Zone: 6-9
Color: Lavender, Pink

Interesting Notes about Mexican Redbud:

This attractive tree or shrub makes a great accent or understory plant in the landscape.  It produces flowers that are similar to the species, but maybe not as prolific.  The leaf is distinctly different than the species with its wavy margins and the leaves are prone to winter injury.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Naturalizing
  • Border or Bed
  • Low Maintenance
  • Spring Bloomer
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Great Foliage
  • Fall Color

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water