Cercis siliquastrum - Judas Tree

  • This is a spectacular plant which is possible to grow in a pot on the patio. It flowers on bare branches before its kidney-shaped leaves appear. The clusters of pea-shaped blooms can smother the tree, bursting from the new young shoots, the surface of the bare branches and even the main trunk of the tree. To flower well it needs full sun and a long warm summer the previous year. The flowers are lightly scented. From late summer onwards, its large bunches of rich purple pods on the branches are quite showy and last into winter, while the foliage turns light yellow in Autumn. Its decorative, almost heart shaped leaves have a bronze colour in Spring when they appear.


Height (in 10 years, unpruned): 3x0.7m

It looks best in: April-May (bronze young leaves and pink flowers)

Hardiness: -15C

Growth rate: medium

Autumn coloration: yellow

Position: sheltered, sunny spot is best, it grows well on poor soil

Excellent quality plant in an 8cm square pot.

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