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Judas tree, redbud

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If you buy a Judas tree, botanical name Cercis siliquastrum, you will get fancy spring blossoms with bright pink or white butterfly flowers.

   
 
Chinese Redbud 'Avondale'

Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' - a compact spring bloomer

From £30.40 *

Judas Tree

Cercis canadensis with pink flowers before the leaves appear

From £26.90 *

Judas Tree

Cercis siliquastrum

From £26.90 *

Judas Tree 'Lavender Twist'

Cercis canadensis

From £70.90 *

Judas Tree 'Merlot'

Cercis canadensis

From £35.40 *

Judas Tree 'Pink Pom Poms'

Cercis canadensis

From £35.40 *

Judas Tree 'Ruby Falls'

Cercis canadensis

From £81.40 *

Judas Tree 'Texas White'

Cercis canadensis

From £35.40 *

Judas Tree 'Vanilla Twist'

Cercis canadensis

From £81.40 *

   
 

More useful information about Judas tree, redbud

It also shows its overwhelming sea of flowers directly on the trunk, which is otherwise mainly seen in tropical plants. It also convinces with its decorative, roundish heart-shaped leaves, which show a characteristic hand-shaped venation and take on a beautiful colouring in autumn. The pretty foliage has also earned the wood the names Heart Tree or Love Tree. In addition, the reddish-brown, leathery seed pods are a special ornament. You can often still admire them on the branches in spring.

An attractive spring-flowering plant

Take a look at our Lubera® assortment! Whether on its own or in a group - the Cercis siliquastrum is an excellent plant with an attractive shape and a light crown. If you grant it a warm, sunny location and take into account the space requirements of the growing species, it is an optical highlight in every garden. Bees and other insects are also magically attracted by its flowers.

The common Judas tree presents itself as a large shrub or small tree and impresses with a picturesque crown when it is old. It certainly deserves a box seat in the garden.

The Canadian variety grows from a broadly spread shrub to a beautiful, often multi-stem, medium-sized solitary tree. 'Lavender Twist' has picturesquely hanging branches and 'Merlot' captivates with its deep dark red leaves.

From the Chinese types, the small variety 'Avondale' is particularly recommended. With its low growth height and good tolerance to dryness and heat, the plant is ideally suited for keeping in tubs in a sun-exposed location.

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Buy a Judas tree - worth knowing

The Cercis forms a plant genus that belongs to the family of legumes. Species of the genus Cercis can be found in Europe, Asia and North America. The common Cercis siliquastrum originates from the European Mediterranean area and the Near East and has a long garden history in our country. In its original area of distribution, it thrives in forests and along river banks, but also in dry areas on often stony soils with low nutrient content. Depending on climate and location, Cercis siliquastrum grows to a height of four to six metres and is just as wide.

Cercis canadensis, the Canadian Judas tree, is native to the New World, but despite its name, it can also be found in southern North America; the Chinese Judas tree (Cercis chinensis) remains somewhat smaller than the aforementioned species with a growth height of 2 to 5 metres.

When young, a Judas tree grows quite slowly and rather upright - but it can become quite sprawling when old (depending on species and variety). The branching is sometimes somewhat sparse - it is therefore also used as a trellis.

The flowers form small clusters on the perennial shoots and also appear directly on the trunk - botanically speaking, this is a stem flowering or cauliflory. They appear from early to mid-April before the foliage forms and envelop the shrub or tree in a pink cloud. The seeds in the typical pods are very popular with our songbirds.

These are robust woody plants - they are very rarely attacked by insects or fungi.

Name

The name 'Judas Tree' is derived from a legend, according to which the apostle Judas is said to have hanged himself from a Cercis tree after his betrayal - it must have been a Cercis siliquastrum. The white blossoms then turned red out of shame. But there is another story circulating, that the leaves of allegedly resemble the coins Judas received for his betrayal.

Edible flowers

It's amazing: the still unopened blossoms of this plant have a very high vitamin C content - according to one study they even take it up with oranges! In the USA, there are many recipes with the 'redbuds', the cercis flowers. But it doesn't have to be an elaborate recipe: just sprinkle the pretty flowers on your salad or decorate desserts with them!

The right location

You should find a sheltered, south-facing location for this plant that needs warmth. The soil should be rather dry and permeable. It thrives best on sandy, chalky loamy soils. Pure loamy soils and acidic soils are unsuitable - these should be treated accordingly. Stagnant moisture is not tolerated, the sensitive roots would rot very soon. This plant, especially Cercis siliquastrum, tolerates long periods of heat and drought relatively well. Before planting, remember that it needs a lot of space over the years, depending on the species and variety!

Planting and care

Spring planting is recommended, as a young plant is still somewhat sensitive to frost. It can, therefore, grow in well until winter. In the first year of planting, you should water regularly. A well-established tree does not need any care later - neither fertiliser nor water!

Pruning

A Judas tree does not have to be pruned. However, you can do a crown correction on younger specimens and of course, remove dead branches or branches damaged by frost. An exception is a trellis plant that needs a topiary pruning every year. It is best to cut the branches in spring - just before the flowers break open. The Cercis species do not age - your tree will become more beautiful from year to year!

Winter hardiness

You should take into account that it has only limited winter hardiness when young - winter protection is therefore recommended. Older woody plants are more robust, but can also suffer damage in very frosty winters or in unfavourable locations. In general, the Canadian and Chinese Judas tree in our latitudes are frost harder than Cercis siliquastrum. It is best to protect from the winter sun with a thick layer of autumn leaves and the unbranched main branches with fleece.

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