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PlantFiles: Chinese Redbud
Cercis chinensis 'Don Egolf'

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

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Scarify seed before sowing
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 16, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A large shrub or small tree. Usually multistemmed, upright, with a vase-like tree form. More floriferous than the species, which is more floriferous than Cercis canadensis. Does not produce seeds.

10' high at ten years, its mature height is surely more.

Cercis chinensis forms a taproot quickly and then becomes hard to transplant.

Positive 815Lucky On Jul 17, 2012, 815Lucky from Brownsville, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

It is growing in a pot for its second year in deep south texas, 2 miles from Mexico, here in the heat of summer it loses all its leaves, but they regrow within a couple of weeks. Last year it started flowering in October and flowered on and off till April, with and without leaves. It is a slow but steady grower. It uses much less water than the extremely invasive native plants that are recomended for this area.

Positive rkwright85 On Jun 18, 2012, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This will grow in southern Michigan with a lot of protection but is very tender here (zone 5b). I grow this in a container and bring it inside my sunroom for winter. Flowers are a beautiful deep pink. Cuttings root easily in summer.

Positive sladeofsky On Apr 20, 2010, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Mine is only 2' tall and bloomed profusely.

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

Cercis chinensis 'Don Egolf' HARDY CHINESE REDBUD Dec (z6)
Compact & floriferous; bright rosy-magenta-pink flowers literally COVER this new SHRUB REDBUD (multi-stemmed to 8-12') in spring but NO SEEDS follow; an exciting selection from the National Arboretum. Sun/M-D/GDr

Neutral claypa On Oct 4, 2006, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This cultivar was released by the US National Arboretum in 2000. It is fruitless and seedless, and therefore non-invasive. Also very disease resistant.


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

Taylorsville, Kentucky
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Raleigh, North Carolina
Brownsville, Texas
Falls Church, Virginia

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