Broadleaf deciduous shrub, or small tree, often multi-stemmed.
Sun to part shade. Best with well-drained soil. Drought tolerant, does well on infrequently watered banks. Tolerant of alkaline and acid soils. Hardy to USDA Zone 6.
Beautiful early-flowering small tree.
To 16' at maturity
Equal to height at maturity
Flowers pea-like, 1/2 inch long, purplish-pink, appear before leaves, blooms February-April
Leaves alternate, 1.5-3 inches long, round/kidney-shaped, dark green above, pale below
Smooth, brown bark with lighter lenticels.
Native range includes Utah, Arizona (common in the Grand Canyon National Park), and especially California.