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Judas tree

Review Notes: Ultimate Height: 12m
Ultimate Spread: 12m
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 year(s)

Preferred common name: Judas tree
Other common names: love tree

Cercis are deciduous shrubs or small trees with heart-shaped leaves and clusters of bright pink pea-flowers opening before or with the leaves, followed by flattened, deep purple pods.
C. siliquastrum is a bushy, deciduous small tree. Leaves to 10cm in width, broadly heart-shaped. Flowers rosy-pink, pea-shaped, in clusters on the older wood. Fruit a conspicuous flattened purplish pod to 12cm in length.

Pruning
These evergreen shrubs and deciduous trees and certain deciduous shrubs need very little pruning and are best left to their own devices in most cases. They do not send out vigorous shoots that need curbing. Remove diseased , damaged congested or crossing shoots. Shoots that are growing in unwanted directions can also be pruned out. Do this in late winter or early spring, unless late summer or early autumn pruning is specified to avoid bleeding and facilitate rapid healing of cut surfaces. These plants flower on previous or current year's growth.

Pests Generally pest free.
Diseases Verticillium wilt and coral spot may be a problem.

Soil Acid, Alkaline or Neutral. Well-drained. Chalk, Clay, Loam or Sand.
Aspect All aspects. Exposed or Sheltered.
Propagation Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings.

Flowers: Dark Pink in Spring.
Foliage: Bronze in Spring. Yellow in Autumn.
Fruits: Dark Purple in Autumn.
Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous.
Suggested Plant Uses: Architectural.

Supplied Height Approx 12" 1.95 + P&P







Plant Type:- Tree
Colour:- Dark Pink in Spring

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