Cercis chinensis Bunge

Chinese Redbud




Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Cercis

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: To 10 (15)' tall with slightly less width

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Multi-stemmed shrub. Dirr thinks the flowers are more "showy" than Cercis canadensis. Flowers before leafing out, in clusters along the branches, pink to purple in early spring or late winter. Glossier leaves and smaller in stature than Cercis canadensis. Less affected by diseases and pests than the native redbud.


'Avondale' - from New Zealand, tree form, masses of flowers along all stems

'Bubblegum' - bubblegum-pink flowers

'Alba' ('Shirobana' - white flowers


Native to China as the name suggests.

First published in Enum. Pl. Chin. Bor. # 124 p 21 in 1833 which is described in IPNI as a preprint from Mem. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Petersbourg Divers Savans 2: 95. 1835. (the attributed publication in Tropicos).


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