Cercis





CERCIS CANADENSIS.--North America, 1730. This species resembles C.

Siliquastrum, but is of much smaller growth, and bears paler flowers;

while C. CHINENSIS, which is not hardy, has large, rosy-pink flowers.



C. SILIQUASTRUM.--Judas Tree. South Europe, 1596. A small-growing tree

of some 15 feet in height, and with usually a rather ungainly and

crooked mode of growth. It is, however, one of our choicest subjects

for ornamental planting, the handsome reniform leaves and rosy-purple

flowers produced along the branches and before the leaves appear

rendering it a great favourite with planters. There are three distinct

forms of this shrub--the first, C. Siliquastrum alba, having pure white

flowers; C. Siliquastrum carnea, with beautiful deep pink flowers; and

C. Siliquastrum variegata, with neatly variegated foliage, though

rather inconstant of character. Natives of South Europe, and amongst

the oldest trees of our gardens.



They all succeed best when planted in rather damp loam, and do not

object to partial shade, the common species growing well even beneath

the drip of large standard trees.





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