Large deciduous shrub or small tree, typical to the Mediterranean region. Upright habit when the plant is young, later the branches spread out and it looks almost always round, often picturesque. Heart-shaped leaves, 8-10 cm, light-green. Small lilac-pink flowers grouped on the previous year’s branches. Flowering begins in April on bare branches and ends with the appearance of the first leaves. Fruit follows the flowering, long pods which are green at first, brown when ripe and remain on the plant for many months. One of the best species for chalky dry soils. Also withstands extreme temperatures – hot, dry summers and cold winters.
Latin Name: Cercis Siliquastrum
English Name: Judas Tree
Foliage Type: Deciduous.
Flowering Period: April-May.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: High (H5).
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -15 °C to -10 °C (5 °F to 14 °F)
Suggested Uses: Small gardens. Shrubland and woods. Narrow avenues.
Maintenance: No pruning required, but can be trimmed and shaped (if desired) each year after blooming.
Growth Habit: Bushy.
Growth Speed: Medium.
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