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Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Chinese Redbud)

Chinese Redbud 'Avondale'


Award-winning Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Chinese Redbud) is an upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with profuse, densely-clustered, tiny, rose-to-magenta flowers that arise before the foliage in spring. The cheerful blossoms literally cover the tree in a spectacular floral display. They last for several weeks before being joined by large, heart-shaped, glossy green leaves, tinted red-purple when they unfurl. As summer turns to fall, the foliage turns yellow. This graceful tree is regarded as one of the most profuse flowering of all Redbuds.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 10-12 ft. tall and wide (300-360 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this Redbud is easily grown in well-drained soils. Performs best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. Best flower production is obtained in full sun but part shade is best in hot summer climates. Needs a winter chill before flowers set properly.
  • Attracts birds, butterflies and bees.
  • Perfect choice as a specimen plant or for large containers.
  • Generally pest free. Watch for canker, verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew and blights. Deer tolerant.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Does not transplant well. It should be planted when young and left undisturbed.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Spread 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Spread 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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