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Cultural Details for Cercis chinensis 'Avondale'

Common Name:
Chinese Redbud

Growth Rate:
12-24" per year

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
A profusion of deep rose-purple flowers; open March-April. Are effective for 2-3 weeks; are about 0.75" long.

Fruit Details:
True pod (legume), brown-brownish black, taper-pointed and 3.5-5" long, October; fruits persist through winter.

Fall Color:
Yellow-green but can be an excellent yellow.

Bark Details:
Older bark brownish black with orange inner bark peaking through; develops scaly condition with age.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
New Zealand

Other Features:
Usually blooms sooner than Cercis canadensis. Very handsome and showy in flower. Actually more showy than Cercis Canadensis. ‘Avondale' is more tree-like and has heavier textured dark green leaves. This selection can also be rooted from cuttings.

Culture and Care:
Transplant as a young tree in spring or fall into moist, well-drained, deep soils, but does well in many soil types except wet ones. Adaptable to acid or alkaline soils. Full sun or light shade.

This plant was blooming:
4/5/2010 - 4/19/2010
3/30/2007 - 4/5/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
9027, 9028, 9029

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.