This deciduous understory tree is the state tree of Oklahoma and is native to Missouri and much of the Eastern and Central US. It grows in medium moisture, medium fertility soils.
|Latin Name||Cercis canadensis ‘Little Woody’|
|Color of Leaf||Dark green, change to clear yellow during fall|
|Shape of Leaf||Simple, alternate leaves; heart-shaped|
|Color of Flower||Rose-pink to magenta|
|Shape of Flower||Pea-like blossoms, growing in small clusters|
|Fruit Characteristics||A 2-3″ long pod. From reddish green to brown|
|Bark Characteristics||Brown with inner orange-red coloration|
As a result of its ideal growing conditions, it is found in a variety of environments in the wild, including open woodlands, thickets, woodland margins, limestone glades and along rocky streams and bluffs throughout Missouri. The ‘Little Woody’ cultivar is a dwarf cultivar of the native species, with a stockier and more vase-like shape, which it maintains without pruning. Unfortunately, this tree is not very disease resistant, and is susceptible to forms of blight as well as dieback and leaf spotting.