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DeciduousHeart- to kidney-shaped, blue-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long with notched tips, bronze when young and turning yellow in autumn.
PurpleShades of purple/mauve/lilac/violetCerise purple
TreeSpreading, 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 winterHardy 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 shadeDappled shade.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife 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 & DiseasesLeafhoppers, scale insects, canker, coral spot, Verticillium wilt.Place of originSouthern eastern Europe, south west Asia.
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windsweptSlightly back from the sea with more shelterSuitable for small gardens
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Soil ConditionsAlkaline / Chalk lovingFertile moist well-drained soilLoamy. Does not like to be transplanted.
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading
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