Judas tree

Cercis siliquastrum | Also known as: love tree | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The Judas tree has a presence of biblical proportions in any garden.

Exploding with pink, the Judas tree or cercis siliquastrum will turn a dull garden design into an enticing and eye-catching retreat. The pink flowers of this small tree are borne in dense clusters along the branches and sometimes even down the trunk. The leaves are roughly heart-shaped and change from bronze to green to yellow between spring and autumn. This lovely tree will grow in a variety of soils as long as they are moist with good drainage. It is happy to grow in full sunlight or partial shade and is hard to beat as a standalone feature attraction within a garden.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10
Spread [m]
  • 10
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Blue-green
Foliage in summer
  • Blue-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H9-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 7 - 150
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer
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