Cercis siliquastrum (Judas tree)

Cercis siliquastrum

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Flowers

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  • Botanical name: Cercis siliquastrum
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Pink

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

Cercis siliquastrum, also known as the Judas tree, European redbud or love tree, is a beautiful small tree. In late spring, the bare branches are smothered in pea-like magenta flowers, popular with bees. These are followed by pretty, heart-shaped leaves that turn butter yellow before falling in autumn. Purple seed pods appear in summer.

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As it’s slow growing and relatively compact, reaching around 4.5m x 4m in 20 years, the Judas tree is one of the best trees for small gardens. It’s often multi-stemmed, which means it has an architectural appearance even when the branches are bare in winter.

Cercis siliquastrum ‘Bodnant’ has pink-purple flowers and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

For best results grow your Judas tree in well-drained soil, in a sunny, sheltered spot. Mulch annually with well-rotted leaf mould, garden compost or well-rotted manure. Prune only to maintain its shape if needed, after flowering.

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How to grow Cercis siliquastrum

  • Plant size

    4.5m height

    4m spread

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

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Plant
Plant

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Do Plant in May

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Do Plant in September

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

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Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

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Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

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Plant does not fruit in April

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Plant does not fruit in June

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Plant does not fruit in August

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Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

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Do Take cuttings in October

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Cut back
Cut back

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Collect seeds
Collect seeds

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Do not Collect seeds in December

Cercis siliquastrum and wildlife

Cercis siliquastrum is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Cercis siliquastrum poisonous?

Cercis siliquastrum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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