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Cercis siliquastrum (Cercis, Judas Tree, Love Tree)

Cercis siliquastrum (Cercis, Judas Tree, Love Tree)
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Type Tree, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Cerise Flowers (Summer early), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Cercis siliquastrum Description

This medium sized deciduous tree typically grows to widths of around 10 metres, so allow it space to spread. Cercis siliquastrum bears masses of purple pink pea like flowers in late spring, wich are followed by attractive heart shaped foliage which turns to yellow in autumn. This tree makes a fine specimen tree in a large lawn or it can be planted to give height at the back of a border, but be aware that it will spread over time.

Cercis siliquastrum - Cultivation Notes

This is the larger of the Cercis genus of trees and with time Cercis siliquastrum will slowly but surely grow to form a handsome spreading tree within a lawn. The Judas tree will grow in any moist yet well drained soil in full or part sun, however Cercis will tolerate a drier soil or even clays. Avoid very exposed planting locations as Cercis can catch winter frosts, always preferring a sheltered warm planting location away from cold winter winds. Remove frost damage and prune to shape at winters end and mulch every few years to feed.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Cercis siliquastrum:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Design & Plant Use for Cercis siliquastrum:

  • Provides extended interest with blossom, berries and autumn colour

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Common Missspellings: Carsis, Cersis, Sirciss, Cirsiss, Seercis, Cirsus

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