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Cercis chinensis

Cercis chinensis

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Fabales

Familia: Fabaceae
Subfamilia: Cercidoideae
Genus: Cercis
Species: Cercis chinensis

Cercis chinensis Bunge (1833)

Type-protologue: China: Hubei: Sian-men-kvu, c. 800 m, 1 May-10 Dec. 1906. Silvestri 1048. HT: ?; IT: FI.


Cercis chinensis f. pubescens C.F.Wei
Cercis japonica Siebold ex Planch.
Cercis pauciflora H.L.Li
Cercis pubescens S.Y.Wang

Native distribution areas:
Primary references

Bunge, A.v. 1835. Mémoires Presentes a l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de St.-Pétersbourg par Divers Savans et lus dans ses Assemblées 2: 95.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Cercis chinensis in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 Sep 05. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Cercis chinensis. Published online. Accessed: Sep 05 2020. 2020. Cercis chinensis. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 05 Sep 2020.
Catalogue of Life: 2021 Annual Checklist
Flora of China 2008. 'eFloras. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. 2010 Sept 10 [1].

Vernacular names
magyar: Kínai júdásfa
한국어: 박태기나무
Cercis chinensis, the Chinese redbud, (simplified Chinese: 紫荆; traditional Chinese: 紫荊; pinyin: Zǐjīng) is a plant in the legume the family Fabaceae,[1] native to China.

As a tree, the Chinese redbud may grow up to 15 metres (49 ft) tall with a trunk diameter of up to 50 centimetres (20 in), however, the species is normally found growing in shrub form. The flowers are pink or milky white in color whilst the leaf body is almost circular in shape, 6 to 14 centimetres (2.4 to 5.5 in) in length and tapers to a point at the end. Flowering in April, the Chinese redbud produces fruit in October.

Although hardy, in cultivation this plant requires a sheltered spot in a southerly or westerly aspect, with damp well-drained soil.[2]

The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (confirmed 2017):[3]

C. chinensis ‘Avondale’[4]
C. chinensis ‘Don Egolf’[5]

Seedpods of Cercis Chinensis

"The Plant List (2010) Cercis Chinensis Bunge". 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
"Cercis chinensis". RHS. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 17. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
"RHS Plantfinder - Cercis chinensis 'Avondale'". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
"RHS Plantfinder - Cercis chinensis 'Don Egolf'". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 21 January 2018.

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