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Cercis chinensis

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Description

The Chinese redbud, Cercis chinensis is native to the woodlands of central and southern China. In its native habitat this plant acts as a woody tree that will grow up to 50 feet, however due to differing conditions in the United States it general grows as an open shrub that will reach 8 to 15 feet in height. It is similar in appearance to the Cercis canadensis which is native to North America however with several distinctions. It generally produces slightly larger purpleish flowers, will end up growing to a shorter height than its North American counterpart and have longer seed pods.

The flowers on both species of redbud bloom in very early Spring for around 2 to three weeks, producing a brilliant display of clustering purple-pink flowers. After the flowering season, desirable medium sized, heart shaped leaves are produced. These leaves are bright green in color but do not have exemplary color in the fall and will at best turn yellow. Also of interest, this tree produces flat, bean-like seed pods which mature in late summer.

This plant is noted for being easy to transplant. Most forms are multi-stemmed shrubs, however single trunk cultivars like 'Don Egolf' do exist. Don Egolf is also noted for being shorter than many other C. chinensis varieties and for being sterile, as such it will not produce seed pods.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: This tree can suffer from damage caused by deer.  

Learn more about "Cercis canadensis" (Eastern Redbud)

Learn more about "Cercis canadesnsis var. texensis 'Oklahoma'" (Oklahoma Redbud)

 

 

Cultivars:
  • 'Alba'
    white flower
  • 'Avondale'
  • 'Don Egolf'
    seedless redbud, single trunk
  • 'Nana'
  • 'Shirobana'
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#deciduous#birds#pollinators#shrub#wildlife plant#pink flowers#exotic#nectar plant#woody#specialized bees#asian#woody shrub#seed pods#woody tree#redbud#non-native
Cultivars:
  • 'Alba'
    white flower
  • 'Avondale'
  • 'Don Egolf'
    seedless redbud, single trunk
  • 'Nana'
  • 'Shirobana'
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#deciduous#birds#pollinators#shrub#wildlife plant#pink flowers#exotic#nectar plant#woody#specialized bees#asian#woody shrub#seed pods#woody tree#redbud#non-native
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cercis
    Species:
    chinensis
    Wildlife Value:
    The flowers provide nectar for bees and once pollinated form leguminous pods, the seed can be consumed by birds. Members of the genus Cercis support the following specialized bee: Habropoda laboriosa.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees