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(Plants) any tree or shrub of the leguminous genus Cercis, which includes the redbud and Judas tree
[C19: New Latin, from Greek kerkis weaver's shuttle, Judas tree]
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Noun1.cercis - deciduous shrubs and trees of eastern Asia, southern Europe and the United StatesCercis - deciduous shrubs and trees of eastern Asia, southern Europe and the United States
rosid dicot genus - a genus of dicotyledonous plants
Papilionoideae, subfamily Papilionoideae - alternative name used in some classification systems for the family Papilionaceae
Circis siliquastrum, Judas tree, love tree - small tree of the eastern Mediterranean having abundant purplish-red flowers growing on old wood directly from stems and appearing before the leaves: widely cultivated in mild regions; wood valuable for veneers
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Cercis siliquastrum FOR something that's truly striking to look at, you can't go too far wrong with this one.
Mitchell, Aboyne Cercis canadensis, or Forest Pansy, is usually trouble-free but it does like good drainage and a combination of wet soil and cold winters may have done for yours.
Western gardeners don't often get to enjoy the thirsty redbud tree, but the Mexican variety (Cercis canadensis mexicana) is ideal for shady northern exposures in the desert southwest.
Good choices for forcing this month include serviceberry (Amelanchier), magnolia (Magnolia), flowering quince (Chaenomeles), forsythia (Forsythia), crab apple or apple (Malus), flowering pear (Pyrus), flowering cherry (Prunus), spring-flowering witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) and redbud (Cercis).
Plants that give a vibrant autumn display tend to colour up best in the sun, with trees and shrubs such as Cotinus 'Grace', Rhus typhina, Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' and maples leading the way.
"Amelanchiers, parrotias or cercis are great, but if you have significant access issues with getting into properties, the single-stemmed tree is always better."
Alien taxa (national and/or regional) were generally not considered; however, Abies alba (doubtfully native for Lazio), Olea europaea, and Cercis siliquastrum (both naturalized to Abruzzo), were considered in both regions.
Another shrub with an Easter theme is cercis siliquastrum, known as the Judas tree as Judas Iscariot is said to have hanged himself from one.
Gray (moquito), Carya ovata var., mexicana (Engelm.) Manning (nogalillo), Cercis canadensis L.