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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Cercis (redbuds)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae

About 12 species, native to warm-temperate regions. Four species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cercis canadensis (Redbud)

Native to Canada and the USA.


Cercis chinensis (Chinese redbud)

Native to China.


Cercis occidentalis (Western redbud)

Native to the western USA.


Cercis siliquastrum (Judas tree)

Native to the Mediterranean.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.