Chinese Redbud 'Avondale'

Cercis chinensis

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cercis (SER-sis) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Avondale




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Newark, Delaware

Sheldon, Missouri

Port Washington, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio (2 reports)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Alice, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 25, 2011, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Nice container plant but definitely not hardy in zone 5, killed to the ground even in the most sheltered area I could find. Flower display is beautiful, seed pods are a negative.


On May 22, 2010, crazygardener from Upper Darby, PA wrote:

Purchased in 2006 bare root. Grew extremely well and flowered beautifully until winter 0f 2009. I live in zone 6 (sub. of Phila Pa).
Tree totally died back to the ground. Growing vigorously from the root. I grew it as a single trunk and removed suckers. Now I think it will be multitrunk if it survives. The only reason I gave it a negative rating was because of my disappointment at it's dieback. When it bloomed last spring it was spectacular. I will leave it for a couple of years and see what happens. If it dies back again I think I will remove it and replace with another kind of specimen tree.
I welcome any comments or feedback.


On Mar 18, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' DOUBLE-FLWD REDBUD Dec (z6) (Cut)
The"fantastic",deep-pink flowers of this 8-12',New Zea.discovered shrub are produced in SUCH profusion, they can completely cover even the stems: "cauliflory"!; (remove some seed pods for better growth & fls). S/M/GDr