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Cercis siliquastrum

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Spring

Foliage

Bronze in Spring
Green in Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Dark Purple in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Judas tree

Family

Caesalpiniaceae


Cercis are deciduous shrubs or small trees with heart-shaped leaves and clusters of bright pink pea-flowers opening before or with the leaves, followed by flattened, deep purple pods

C. siliquastrum is a bushy, deciduous small tree. Leaves to 10cm in width, broadly heart-shaped. Flowers rosy-pink, pea-shaped, in clusters on the older wood. Fruit a conspicuous flattened purplish pod to 12cm in length

Other common names

  • love tree

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Verticillium wilt and coral spot may be a problem