Cercis chinensis seed
Cercis chinensis, commonly called chinese redbud, is native to woodlands, thickets and slopes in central to southern china. This tree will grow to as much as 50′ tall in its native habitat, but in cultivation in the U. S. it usually grows much smaller as an open, densely branched, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree to 8-15′ tall.
The deep pink flowers are produced on year-old or older growth, including the trunk in late spring (cauliflory). Also, the flowers display a blossom with five free petals and fused sepals. This shape is specific to the Fabaceae. The leaves appear shortly after the first flowers emerge. These are cordate with a blunt apex, which occasionally has a shallow notch at the tip. The tree produces long flat pods that hang vertically. The flowers are edible and purportedly have a sweet-acid taste.
Pre-Soak the seeds for 24 hours in 60 celcius degree water. Spread the seeds softly on the surface of the ground and cover with sandy (33%) soil. Germination usually takes 40 – 90 days.
Don’t forget about frequent spray (it’s better than watering – doesn’t destroy germinating seeds) . Keep permanent humidity in compost. For best results use rainy water. When the tiny seedlings are large enough to handle prick out into small pots.
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