Redbuds are members of the pea family and there are 10 to 15 species found in China and North America. The Oklahoma redbud, or Cercis reniformis ‘Oklahoma’, was discovered growing wild in the Arbuckle Mountains of the US state of Oklahoma in 1964. This rare and choice tree is noted for its wine-red flowers which are darker and than all other redbuds. This dramatic display smothers the branches for 2 to 3 weeks in early spring before the foliage emerges. At peak bloom, Oklahoma redbud can literally stop traffic. And it has a superior autumn coloration which is predominantly yellow but has also been known to turn orange and purple as well. The fruit is a thin, 4 inch bean pod that would not be bothersome to any but the most fastidious gardener.
Oklahoma redbud is ideal for smaller properties as it only grows 30 to 40 feet tall with a 20 foot spread and, being a redbud, it's so light-limbed that it would be unlikely to overpower any adjacent structure. It would be as effective along a woodland verge as it would be gracing a courtyard. It's irregularly shaped in youth but matures into a spreading, vase shaped mature tree. Oklahoma redbud tree requires very little aside from average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade and steady moisture. It is not long-lived, 20 years of prime form is about right. But it's light and easy to remove and certainly worth replanting.
In the US it grows across the southern half of the country and would be very well adapted to Australia. It should also do well in the UK and New Zealand. Oklahoma redbud will not be found in your local discount nursery unless it is one of the select tree nurseries.


Oklahoma redbud

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