Cercis chinensis (Chinese Redbud) is a species of flowering tree belonging to the Fabaceae family. It is native to China and is found in various regions of the country, including central and eastern China. It is also cultivated in other parts of the world as an ornamental tree.
Appearance: Chinese Redbud is a deciduous tree that typically grows to a height of 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters), although it can sometimes reach up to 40 feet (12 meters) tall. The tree has a rounded crown with a spreading, often multistemmed growth habit. The branches are somewhat pendulous, giving the tree an elegant appearance.
Leaves: The leaves of Cercis chinensis are heart-shaped or broadly ovate, measuring around 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) in length. They are green in color and turn yellow in the fall before dropping.
Flowers: One of the most notable features of Chinese Redbud is its profusion of showy flowers. The tree produces clusters of small, pink to purple flowers in early spring, before the leaves emerge. The flowers are pea-like in shape and give a vibrant splash of color to the tree.
Fruits: Following the flowering period, Chinese Redbud develops flattened, brown pods that contain seeds. These pods can persist on the tree for some time before eventually splitting open and releasing the seeds.
Landscape Use: Chinese Redbud is commonly cultivated as an ornamental tree for its attractive flowers and overall aesthetic appeal. It can be planted in gardens, parks, and other landscape settings, where its spring blooms can be enjoyed.
Cultural Significance: In its native China, Cercis chinensis holds cultural significance. It is often planted in temple gardens and is associated with good fortune and prosperity.
Growing Conditions: Chinese Redbud thrives in well-drained soils and prefers full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay and sandy soils. The tree is generally hardy and can withstand various climatic conditions.
Botanical Name : Cercis chinensis
Common Name : Chinese Redbud
Height : 10- 15 ft
Spread : 10- 12ft
Germination Info : Scarify seed and then cold moist stratify for 30-60 days
Hardiness zone : 6-9
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 1,188