Cercis chinensis 'Avondale'

Chinese red bud

5 litre pot
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  • Position: full sun or light dappled shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: March to April
  • Flower colour: deep magenta-pink
  • Hardiness: fully hardy (but young plants may need protection)

    The bare, upright shoots of this plant are covered in small clusters of deep pink, pea-like flowers in spring, creating a spectacular display just before the leaves start to emerge. Its bushy habit lends itself well to being trained as either a shrub or small tree, and as it is so compact, it will be happy in a very large pot for many years. The rich green, glossy leaves provide an attractive canopy throughout summer and turn buttery shades before they drop in autumn.

  • Garden care: Plant in their final location when young as they resent being transplanted, and water well during their first year to encourage a good root system to develop. It requires minimal pruning, but you should remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Water well during their first year to encourage a good root system to develop.

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  • Q:

    Can you confirm if this is provided in a bush shape with multiple branches or already trained as more of a tree with one strong leader, into a standard? Thanks
    Asked on 7/15/2014 by Sara

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello there
      This will be more like a bush at the moment in a 3lt pot, but it can be trained into a single stemmed tree by removing the lower branches as it grows.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 7/21/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
  • Q:

    I have seen this can be grown as a shrub or a tree. How do you train it into a tree?
    Asked on 5/26/2014 by amateur from Manchester

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      As the plant grows you simply remove the lower branches to form a clear stem (or stems) in late winter or early spring.

      Answered on 6/2/2014 by helen from crocus
  • Q:

    The details for this item say it will be happy in a very large pot for many years. Please could you advise what size pot constitutes 'very large'. Thanks.
    Asked on 4/25/2014 by B from South coast

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      It is difficult to be too specific, but I would opt for a pot at least 60 x 60cm (75 x 75cm would be even better!) and fill it with John Innes No. 3 compost.

      Answered on 4/25/2014 by Anonymous
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