Cercis planting time…

We have been asked a number of times which time of year is best for planting bare rooted Cercis. There is a body of opinion which suggests autumn is best since the soil temperatures are still relatively warm, while in early spring they are much cooler. This of course is true, but whether these warmer soils for a few weeks when the plant is fully dormant do indeed lead to better and quicker establishment is at best an unproven theory and almost certainly a bit of ‘folk lore’ . Given the historical rarity of Cercis being grown in the UK it is unlikely that anything apart from anecdotal evidence is available. Here at Treetyme we want our customers to enjoy the winter whatever the weather throws at us and to worry about a new Cercis tree planted in November if the temperature drops to-15C is not something we would wish on our them. The Cercis are very hardy and we do not believe that there would be any damage even at significant low temperatures, but if you can rest easier knowing that planting after the worst of the winter cold is also good then this is what we would recommend. We do have some Ruby Falls available for November planting, but as usual most of our deliveries will be at the end of February when we can all be looking forward to spring. However we do recommend not leaving your ordering until then as we hope to be sold out.