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Commonly known as Judas tree
DeciduousRounded to kidney-shaped, leathery leaves to 10cm (4in) long with tufts of hair in vein axils
Shades of pinkAll shades of pink through to Carmine (red)Deep pink
TreeSpreading small tree. Flowers in short, axillary racemes bearing 2-10 small , pea-like flowers before, or with, the leaves. Fruit is a flattened pod
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
Additional FeaturesGood to knowSyn. (possibly) C. yunnanensisPests & DiseasesLeafhoppers, scale insects, canker, coral spot, Verticillium wiltPlace of originChina
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
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 ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilLoamy. Does not like to be transplanted
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading