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Other names: Forest Pansy
Characteristics: Deciduous shrub or small tree 6-9 m
Seeds per packets: 10
This magnificent tree is famous for its lavender bells during summer and the carpet of fallen flowers around it. Foliage is finely divided and also extremely attractive.
The wood is purple with dark venation.
Native to Canada
Prefers a deep well-drained soil in an open sunny position, frost resistant but drought tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
For best results both scarification and stratification are recommended.
Cercis seeds have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first. They also benefit from a period of cold stratification.
General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.