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Cercis chinensis
Avondale has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Avondale is an attractive small Cercis with particularly profuse dark pink / purple blossom in mid-spring - easily competing with ornamental cherries for the intensity of its spring colour.

The leaves are a glossy bright green, turning yellow in the autumn.

Avondale cercis (redbud) trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £97.00
    In a 12L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
You can now pre-order for next season.

How to grow

If you are looking to grow a Cercis in a very small space then Avondale is an excellent choice. It can even be grown in a large container or planter for the first few years.

Give the tree a light prune after flowering to maintain its shape.


Most of our Cercis trees are of the North American species - Cercis canadensis - but Avondale is an example of the Chinese Redbud, Cercis chinensis. The differences are subtle, but the Chinese form has a tendency for slightly larger leaves.

Avondale characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colourVariegated foliageSummer foliage colour
  • Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
  • Height after 10 years1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • SunlightTolerates shadePrefers full sun
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Site conditionsOccasional droughtFree-draining site
  • Flower colourPurple
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnYellow
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceFlowers appear first
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Cercis Chi Avondale redbud