Cercis chinensis

Chinese Redbud

With many similarities to the Judas Tree (Cercis silaquastrum), this small tree or shrub is slightly smaller and has abundant bundles of rosy-purple spring flowers and attractive heart-shaped green leaves.

Features: Abundant rosy-pink to purple flowers in spring. Pretty heart-shaped leaves.
Applications: Gardens, lawns, parks, streetscapes, screening.
Description Liking sites with plenty of sun, the Chinese Redbud grows as a single-stemmed tree or as more of a shrub-like multi-stemmed plant. Because of its smaller size, it can be used either as a single feature tree for its showy flowers, or collectively in multiple plantings to great effect.
Availability: Champion Lakes, Torbay : 45L
Mature height: 2-4
Mature spread: 2-3
Canopy: Gently rounded. Low to moderate shade (seasonal).
Growth rate: Slow
Cautions: Avoid hot dry winds and overly exposed sites.
Tolerances: Various soil types. Responds to pruning. Full sun yeilds deeper foliage colour.
Sun demands: Full sun or part shade.
Soil demands: Can manage a wide range of soil types and dryish sites but avoid very dry or very wet sites.
Water demands: Moderate
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Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Fabaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treelist.lasso 2009.

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