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Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' Tree

Chinese Redbud Trees
  • From £70 (inc VAT)

Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' is an ideal choice for a very small garden tree. Flowering well in this climate despite its Chinese origin, many dense clusters of deep magenta pink to lilac purple, pea-like flowers form. The vibrant pink flowers adorn the bare branches in March-April, slightly earlier than other Cercis varieties and great for dispelling the winter grey.

After the pleasing display of spring flowers, rich green, glossy round foliage emerges offering a great foil for other plants throughout the summer. The foliage turns shades of buttery yellow in the autumn for added interest.

Cercis 'Avondale' is a small tree that can be grown in a large container for several years and, if pruned after flowering, will maintain a bushy and attractive rounded shape. The Chinese Redbud will grow to just 2.5 x 2.5 metres in 20 years, making it the perfect small garden tree. Cercis 'Avondale' will thrive in most soils, including those which are dry or chalky and is reasonably drought tolerant once established. For maximum flowering, plant in an open sunny position where light levels are high.

AKA Chinese Redbud, Chinese Red Bud, Cercis 'Avondale'

  • Common name: Chinese Redbud tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Flowers: Clusters of deep pink pea-like flowers
  • Foliage: Green, glossy leaves turning yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Prefers a well-drained site and clay or chalk based soils

Planting Advice for Cercis chinensis Avondale Trees

Our pot grown Cercis Avondale trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole, that is ideally in a sunny location. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting Chinese Redbud trees (not bush forms) with a stake and tie kit. For single stakes, place the stake at an angle to avoid penetrating the rootmass and knock it in until it is firm. Use a buckle tie, placing the spacer between the stake and tree.

Aftercare Advice for Cercis Avondale Trees

If you’re planting Chinese Redbud in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Cercis chinensis Avondale Trees

Cercis Avondale tend to grow with multiple leaders rather than one clear leader. Allow this to occur naturally for the best overall shape. If your Chinese Redbud requires hard pruning, you can do this in spring/summer after flowering. Any general pruning to remove badly positioned or damaged branches should be carried out in winter.

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Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' Form: bush Size: 50-70cm Root type: 7.5L pot* Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' Price £70 (inc VAT)
bush 50-70cm 7.5L pot* £70 (inc VAT)
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' Form: Single stem tree Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot* Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' Price £85 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 150-200cm 10L pot* £85 (inc VAT)
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' Form: Multi-stem Size: 175-225cm Root type: 30L pot* Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' Price £310 (inc VAT)
Multi-stem 175-225cm 30L pot* £310 (inc VAT)
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Total: £0 (VAT Free)