Chinese Redbud 'Don Egolf'

Cercis chinensis

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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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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


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

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Raleigh, North Carolina

Brownsville, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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

Mine is only 2' tall and bloomed profusely.


On Mar 18, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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


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.