Cercis Chinensis Avondale
Cercis Chinensis Avondale is one of the most stunning trees you can grow in Melbourne. This small tree has something to offer most of the year. At maturity this tree gets to around 3 meters height to 3 meters width which makes it the perfect tree for a small city courtyard. At the start of spring, these beauties start blooming with bright pink flowers that resemble coral. Of all our Cercis varieties, the ‘Avondale’ tends to flower earliest.
After flowering, the branches develop big heart shaped green leaves covering the whole tree in this big bright lime green colour. The foliage then turns to a golden yellow in Autumn giving an amazing display of shades.
Cercis Avondale trees prefer a well-drained fertile soil and a protected sunny area, which make it ideal for a courtyard, small garden, or a large container. As the tree grows, it is advised to trim lower branches or inner branches to open up the tree to allow some airflow.
Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’
This compact tree is a striking specimen that grows to around 5m by 5m. In late winter, small clusters of bright pink buds form along the stems. These little flowers open up to dark pink flowers on the bare dark brown woody stems that make it a beautiful spring feature tree.
Once spring hits, big heart shaped burgundy leaves start to appear, making it an extremely beautiful tree. During the Autumn months, Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’ has a beautiful display of burnt orange and copper leaves which make it a fantastic feature. As it is considered a small tree, Cercis Forest Pansy is the perfect tree for a small area or courtyard, to give an extra dazzling effect.
Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’ (Lavender Twist)
Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’ (Lavender Twist) is a fantastic weeping variety of Cercis. Like the ‘Forest Pansy,’ Cercis Lavender Twist produces deep-mauve coloured flowers at the start of spring before developing green heart-shaped foliage in summer and later autumn vibrancy with buttery yellow and golden leaves.
The weeping form of this small tree is quite graceful, with smooth grey branches that cascade all the way down. Only reaching between 3-4 meters, this unique specimen tree is well-suited for compact spaces.
Cercis Lavender Twist are a great alternative to Weeping Mulberries and Weeping Cherries if space is an issue as they do not get too big.
Cercis Canadensis ‘Roethgold Chain of Hearts’
A lemon-lime stunner! Cercis Canadensis ‘Chain of Hearts’ is well-known for its fantastic foliage display, which looks to many like an optical illusion. Similar in size and spread to the ‘Forest Pansy’, this cultivar also produces pea-shaped pink flowers on bare branches in spring.
From spring to autumn the leaves change from a zesty lime to grassy green to butter yellow. Like all Cercis varieties, keep this tree evenly moist with protection from hot afternoon sun. This showstopper is a great feature for any small courtyards or gardens.