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Cercis Chinesis Avondale Help


New to the forum and very new to gardening!

I bought a Cercis Chinesis Avondale which came as a 9cm pot plant. I planted it out in April as the instructions said this was fine. It's now growing a few green leaves outwards, but hasn't grown taller at all. The very tip of the plant is thick and I was wondering if this is frost damage? If so, should I cut the tip off to help new growth?

Any help would be great



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,245

    Hi and welcome Hannah. A picture would help us understand what you mean by 'thick' but I would be inclined to leave it for now as it hasn't been in the ground very long and need some settling in time. Its a lovely plant. I have Cercis siliquastrum which is a relative and mine has just gone into the garden this year.

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  • Hi Ladybird4 - I'll try and get a photo tonight of what I mean. I might need super zoom as we've already given this plant the nickname 'The Twig''s so small! It's almost like when you cut a stem and it heals itself at the end and becomes thicker or rounded? There's probably a really useful term for what I mean out there! 

    Just googled the Cercis siliquastrum  and that looks really pretty. Is it normal to get the green leaves at this time of year? I expected pink but think we're some way off that.

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Cercis are a beautiful  tree family. From recolection, Avondale is grown more for varietion of folaige than flowering. Its roughly the right time to prune. All it will probabley do is to cause it to bush out

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    wroung about the flowering. But right about the pruning

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