Western Redbud is a member of the
Legume Family. It
is a small tree or shrub that grows to
height. It has thin, shiny brown branches which bear shiny heart-shaped
leaves which are light green early in the season and darken as they age.
grows in canyons and on slopes at elevations between 0 - 4000 feet.
Native Americans used the twigs
of the Western Redbud to weave baskets.
Western Redbud blooms between Feb- April and
produces bright pink or magenta flowers that grow in clusters all over
the shrub. Flowers are followed by a 3 inch long brown legume pods
which are very thin and dry.