Cercis siliquastrum

Judas Tree, Mediterranean Redbud

A pleasing specimen tree known for its prolific deep-pink spring flowers and distinctive heart-shaped green leaves.

Features: Prolific deep-pink flowers in spring. Pretty heart-shaped leaves.
Applications: Gardens, parks, streetscapes, screening.
Description Suitable for a range of situations, the Judas tree is a welcome addition to any garden or landscape. It can be shaped to a single-stemmed tree or to a more shrub-like multi-stemmed plant. Because of the width of its growth habit, the tree can be seen in areas like Fremantle planted in a row as a light screen to walls or in the corners of walled gardens as a companion plant, but it can also be used in larger properties, parks, streetscapes and avenues.
Availability: Currently unavailable
Mature height: 4-8
Mature spread: 3-5
Canopy: Open and broadly spreading, loosely rounded or flat. Low to moderate shade (seasonal).
Growth rate: Slow
Cautions: Avoid hot dry winds and overly exposed sites. Best to avoid drying soil or poor drainage. Full sun yeilds deeper foliage colour.
Tolerances: Urban areas. Lawn sites if adequately resourced.
Sun demands: Full sun or part shade.
Soil demands: Can tolerate a wide range of soil types and dry sites but prefers moist, deep and well drained fertile soils.
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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