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Commonly known as Judas tree, Love tree
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Deciduous - heart-shaped, blue-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long with notched tips, bronze when young and turning yellow in autumn.
Purple - Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet - cerise purple
Height - 10m (33ft)
Spread - 10m (33ft)
Tree - spreading, sometimes multi-headed. Clusters of 3-6 small flowers 1.5-2cm (½-¾in) long before and with the leaves. Long, flat pods in autumn.
Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Partial shade - dappled shade.
Additional Features - Good to know - wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects. Name refers to myth that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from this tree. More likely from French name, Arbre de Judée, meaning 'Tree of Judea'.
Pests & Diseases - leafhoppers, scale insects, canker, coral spot, Verticillium wilt.
Place of origin - southern eastern Europe, south west Asia.
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Seasonal Interest - Spring
Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving
Fertile moist well-drained soil - loamy. Does not like to be transplanted.
Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading
Wildlife - Bee friendly
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Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
Essential small tree protection from vermin and strimming. This pack includes 5 x 90cm canes and 5 x 90cm spiral guards. Includes instructions.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5