Cercis chinensis 'Avondale'
Chinese red bud
- 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.
Do you want to ask a question about this?If so, click on the button and fill in the box below. We will post the question on the website, together with your alias (bunnykins, digger1, plantdotty etc etc) and where you are from (Sunningdale/Glasgow etc). We'll also post the answer to your question!
4 Questions | 4 Answers
Displaying questions 1-4
Q:when is the ideal time to plant the tree?Asked on 2/2/2015 by sinu from United Kingdom
As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise.
This cercis is fully hardy, (although young plants can need protection) but because we are having a cold spell at the moment I wouldn't plant. You can still keep it outside in the garden in a sheltered spot, where it won't get blown over or caught by the frost until you can plant.
Hope this helps.
I hope this helps.Answered on 3/2/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
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? ThanksAsked on 7/15/2014 by Sara
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 helpsAnswered 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
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
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
Displaying questions 1-4
There are currently no articles for this item.