Like many flowering trees, Chinese redbud blooms best when it has plenty of sun. Mine get approximately half sun and still perform well. Mine get approximately half sun and still perform well. The most obvious distinction between canadensis and chinensis is the flowers.
Cercis occidentalis, the western redbud or California redbud, is a small tree or shrub in the legume family. It is found across the American Southwest, from California to Utah and Arizona. It is easily recognized when it is in bloom from March to May, when it is covered with small pink to purple flowers.