The Western Redbud: Pro’s, Con’s, and all around good info….

redbud tree

The Native Western Redbud is perfect for any Bay Area Landscape.

The Western Redbud is native to California, Arizona, and Utah. It can grow as a large deciduous shrub or as a multi or single trunk tree. The Redbud can reach up to 20 feet tall, 15 feet wide, and have a life span of 40 to 150 years if taken care of properly. This tree loves the sun and needs just a bit of cool temps to bring its beautiful magenta flowers to bloom in spring. The Western Redbud is a perfect, low maintenance tree for properties in our Bay Area.

Let’s break it down:


  • The Western Redbud is a native shrub
  • It can be trained into multi or a single trunk tree
  • Enchanting flowers bloom in spring, displaying beautiful magenta hues
  • This tree is un-fussy (meaning typically low maintenance)
  • Does not need heavy watering during summer months


  • Leaves will drop in fall
  • The tree is susceptible to tent caterpillar attacks (No worries, we can help you with this)
  • The tree will be bare in winter, except for the brown seedpods that will hang on through the cold
  • It is a favorite of the leafcutter bee

If you are thinking of adding the Western Redbud to your landscape, it’s a pretty good bet for our climate! Our arborists are on standby and happy to answer any questions!