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This is a beautiful flowering tree perfect for small gardens.  It has rosy-lilac pea flowers in late winter to early spring, that appear on the bare branches, followed by round, deep wine red to purple heart shaped leaves.  In autumn it puts on a spectacular display of red autumn foliage.


How to grow cercis in your garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.  In areas with heavy or clay soil, to help improve soil structure and drainage, add gypsum and mix in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and lots of colourful flowers.

     
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Growing tips

  • Doesn’t like wet feet or prolonged periods without water.
  • A popular variety is called ‘Forest Pansy’.

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