Originating from E. USA
This is a medium-sized shrub with show-stopping qualities in all its parts. It flowers on its bare branches before the foliage appears, and then leafs up in such a striking and symmetrical way that the plant grabs the attention even from a distance. It forms a single-stemmed vase shape with its branches growing in an upright form.
Its thick and fleshy leaves are glaucous blue/green and broadly heart-shaped. They are held alternately on each side of the branches, have a puckered edge, and a deeply textured surface, appearing to be puffed up between the distinctive veins. Each leaf is held horizontally to the branches on a short stalk, and are crowded onto the minimal branches giving them the appearance of being stacked like dinner plates.
This slow-growing and unique-looking plant has enough character to make a focal point as a single specimen – its almost columnar shape formed of such unusual foliage makes quite an exclamation point in any planting composition.
The floral display in spring is an added bonus to start off C. ‘Little Woddy’s’ spring and summer contribution to the garden. The clusters of bright cerise-pink blooms are held tightly to the branches, each one curved in on itself in a shrimp-like formation. They last several weeks and fade as the foliage begins to emerge.
Cercis are easy plants to grow and will tolerate most soil types in full sun although they perform best in deep and rich soil.
Height and spread after 4 – 5 years 1.5m x 80cm
Mature height and spread after 8 – 10 years if not pruned 3m x 1.5m