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Cercis gigantea

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SER-sis jy-GAN-tee-uh
Description

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.

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

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#deciduous#birds#wildlife plant#nectar plant#specialized bees#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#deciduous#birds#wildlife plant#nectar plant#specialized bees#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cercis
    Species:
    gigantea
    Family:
    Fabaceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    6-8 in. alternate, simple leaves; glossy, dark green
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees