What Is an Oklahoma Redbud Tree?


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Oklahoma redbud, or Cercis reniformis, is a redbud species native to the southwestern United States. It usually grows 20 to 25 feet in height and is commonly grown as a shade tree, as a specimen, and in locations such as highway medians where space is limited.

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Oklahoma redbud usually has a vase-shaped profile and a moderately dense crown of glossy leaves. It bears showy flowers of deep pink to red in the spring before the leaves emerge. Its seed pods are a deep purple color and remain in the tree well into winter. Oklahoma redbud is hardy in zones 6B through 9A, grows quickly and is drought-tolerant. It prefers full sun or partial shade. In ideal conditions it may reach 40 feet in height and 20 feet in width.

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