Cercis chuniana or Redbud is one of ten species in the genus Cercis. It is part of the Fabaceae family of plants. It is a small deciduous tree.
The name Cercis is from the Greek meaning “Weaver Shuttle”. Theophrastus named it Cercis or in Greek: κερκις pronounced, kerkis. It is native to China. Another synonym is Cercis likiangensis Chun.
Cercis chuniana or Redbud has dark green heart-shaped leaves that start as bronze-colored. It flowers in early spring before the leaves appear. The flower is pink, small but like pea flowers, as it is from the same family. They grow in racemes. After the flowers, it produces long, narrow legumes, containing seeds.
How to grow Cercis chuniana:
Grow Cercis chuniana in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist, humus-rich, fertile but well-drained soil. Plan the location carefully as it resents being transplanted. Propagate by seed or from semi-hardwood cuttings. Cercis chuniana is generally pest-free, but watch out for coral spots and Verticillium wilt.