Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) - A small deciduous tree or shrub to 15 ft. tall or more and as wide that usually has several trunks from its base unless pruned into a single trunk. It has attractive 3 in. long heart-shaped leaves that emerge in late winter a pale-green color, tinged red, and age to a blue-green, then turn yellow before dropping in fall. It is profuse in bloom with numerous magenta pea-shaped flowers in the spring along the bare stems, just prior to the emergence of the leaves. The flowers are followed by 4 to 6 inch long flatted reddish seed pods that age to light brown and often hold on into winter. Plant in sun or part shade but flowers best in full sun. It grows in variable soil types (even clayey soil) but requires that the soils drain and also tolerates a wide range of moisture conditions including no supplemental irrigation - this is a drought tolerant plant and it is resistant to oak root fungus.