Genus: Cercis

Cercis

Photo/Illustration: 
Nancy Rose
(Cercis)
SIR-sis
Fabaceae
In this genus are found a handful of deciduous trees and shrubs from woodland areas and rocky hillsides of the Mediterranean, Asia, and North America. Leaves are heart-shaped, often with nice fall color. Flowers are small but brightly colored, usually pink, and often bloom along the branches before plants leaf out. Grow as specimen plants, or in a woodland or shrub border.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Heart-shaped leaves, flowers that hug the branches, flattened seed pods.
Care:  Grow in full sun or dappled shade in fertile, moist but well-drained, woodsy soil. Choose a site carefully, as plants don't like to be moved.
Propagation: 

Start seeds in a cold frame in autumn, or root semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Problems: 

Scale insects, weevils, caterpillars, whiteflies, leafhoppers, leaf spots, blights, downy mildew, canker, dieback, Verticillium wilt.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Cercis

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White redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Alba’
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Eastern redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
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Eastern redbud
Cercis canadensis and cvs.
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Redbud
Cercis canadensis Lavender Twist®