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CERCIS canadensis 'Traveller'

Image of Cercis canadensis var. texensis 'Traveller'

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

CERCIS canadensis var. texensis 'Traveller'

Plant Common Name

Traveller Weeping Texas Redbud, Weeping Texas Redbud

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Texas redbud is a variant of the common redbud, found in Texas and Oklahoma, and better adapted to summer's heat and drought. The dwarf, weeping cultivar 'Traveller' is an outstandingly tough and good flowering selection, widely adapted and tolerant of heat, humidity and sun.

The shiny, heart-like leaves are thick and waxy. In spring, before leaves emerge, clusters of sweet pea-like, rosy flowers cover the branches. These are followed by dark brown seed pods that may persist after the the leaves bceom yellow and yellow-green and drop in autumn. The low, weeping branches add graceful architectural interest when bare in winter.

Texas redbuds are good trees for hot, dry sites and alkaline soils, but 'Traveller' does well outside its native range in more humid climates although it is much less winter cold tolerant. For best flowering, grow this dwarf redbud in full sun to partial sun on rich, well-drained soil, with good moisture. It makes an eye-catching specimen for the foundation bed, especially in early spring when every branch and twig is flocked with flowers. It is exceptional when growing above a low evergreen carpeting groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    North America, South-Central United States, Texas

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Pink, Light Pink, Fuchsia

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes