Cercis siliquastrum ‘Bodnant’ Cercis

Cercis

Description: A superior form of Cercis siliquastrum, 'Bodnant' is a bushy, deciduous small tree with particularly dark purple flowers all along its bare twigs in mid spring. The unusual heart shaped leaves are bronze when young, turning fresh green, finally to butter yellow in autumn. It's quite slow growing but will eventually grow to a good size.

History: Planted as a seedling in Bodnant Garden in 1876. Because the blossom was so striking, the Royal Horticultural Society awarded the tree a First Class Certificate in 1944, after which it acquired the cultivar name ‘Bodnant’.

Cercis Growing Tips: Performs best in moderately fertile well drained soils. The best flower production occurs in full sun but part shade is best in hot summer climates.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 1.8m x 1.5m

Attributes

  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • S Size: Small
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Prune after flowering
  • Prefers full sun

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