Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

April, 2014
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Eastern Redbud
If you have some space in a protected area, plant a Eastern redbud tree (Cercis canadensis). One of the most striking sights of early spring are the redbud trees clothed in a profusion of magenta-pink flowers. These small, somewhat spreading trees flower before the leaves appear. The redbud has the ability to produce flower buds on older wood, a feature known as cauliflory. It is not uncommon to see a mature tree with older, gnarled branches covered with small reddish purple buds each spring. The delicate foliage emerges with reddish tones, gradually becoming green and gracing the branches.

Redbuds make attractive specimens, especially when located against a background of darker green evergreens. In autumn, papery 2- to 3-inch, brown pea-like pods appear. These can be a nuisance to clean up on a patio or deck, plus the seeds will germinate in flower beds the following spring. Seedling trees grow rapidly and transplant well. Redbuds will not tolerate poorly drained sites or heavy clay soils. But if you find the proper location, this tree will make a beautiful addition to your landscape.

Shows & Events

High Desert Edible Gardening
On Wednesday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Washoe County, Nevada, learn to grow the fruits, vegetables and herbs that you love despite living in a desert climate. Discover the appropriate conditions for the development of your plants and watch your hard work come to life. Since you will be eating your garden, organic methods of fertilization and pest control along with companion planting and crop rotation will be discussed in this 3 hour class. The class is appropriate for anyone who enjoys growing and eating fruits and vegetables. The class will be held at the Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Park. Cost is $40 for non-members, $35 for May Arboretum Society members. To register, call the May Arboretum office at 785-4153 and leave your name phone number or email address. For more information, go to

To register, call the May Arboretum office at 785-4153 and leave your name phone number or email address.


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