Have you seen these trees with their hot pink flowers? They are Western Redbuds, California native shrubs or small trees. After the flowers, beautiful round, blue-green leaves emerge and look particularly nice contrasting with the mahogany-red twigs. Western Redbuds are native to hot/dry/rocky locations from the Roseville area up into the lower foothills, so they definitely do well with low irrigation. But they will also thrive in garden conditions. If you are looking for a low-irrigation tree/large shrub, these are a great possibility.
If you were growing these in your landscape you will probably want to remove dead branches which will improve their appearance.
You can also shape your Redbud into a small, multi-trunked tree by removing the lower twigs and branches to show its lower trunks. Only remove the lower branches up to about one third of the total height; removing too much of the canopy will slow the tree’s growth.
Western Redbuds are great for low water landscapes and look great with rocks, bulbs, “Waterwise” plants. Or add some colorful California native plants like Ceanothus, Foothill Penstemon, Santa Barbara Daisy, California Poppies.
We spotted these along Scarborough Drive near Yarrow Way.