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Cercis siliquastrum
Bodnant has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Bodnant is a form of Cercis siliquastrum also known as the Judas tree or the tree of Judea. The main attraction is the mass of deep pink / purple pea-like flowers in late spring.

The leaves emerge just after the flowers, initially bronze, then green over the summers, before turning yellowy-gold in the autumn.

Pea-like seed pods adorn the tree over the summer, staying on the tree into early winter.

Bodnant cercis (redbud) trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £95.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Bodnant is a slow-growing tree which should eventually reach 3m-4m after 10 years, more in the longer term. It does best in a free-draining soil in full sun.

Keep it well-watered for the first few years, but once established Bodnant will tolerate periods of drought - it likes hot dry summers.


The species Cercis siliquastrum originates from southern Europe and western Asia, especially the eastern Mediterranean. Bodnant is a form of Cercis siliquastrum from a tree planted in Bodnant Garden in the Conway valley region of Wales in 1876 which has particularly striking blossom.

Bodnant 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 monthMay
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnYellow
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceFlowers appear first
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Annual cycleDeciduous