The collection of Cercis has been incorporated into our recently planted small Arboretum. The first planting was in 2009 and more recently other cultivars have also been planted.
The location is south facing, but is on quite an exposed site and so native hedge planting has been undertaken around most of the perimeter.
There has been very challenging weather conditions since starting the planting with two unusually severe winters, two long spring droughts,the coldest ,wettest summer on record and an unusually severe spring and as you can imagine this has not assisted the establishment of the plants. However the last summers (2013-15) have seen much better growing seasons and within 3-5 years most of the collection will become firmly established. A -6C frost in late April 2015 took most of the flowers and new buds out. Although this did not leave any permanant damage it was nonetheless very disappointing.
The collection is open to view by appointment and in due course as it matures we intend to hold one or two open days each year.
It is inevitable in a location like ours that the cultivars will be well tested by the prevailing conditions and this can benefit gardeners in their choice of the most suitable varieties for their own gardens.
|Accession Number||Genus||Species||Cultivar||Date Planted|
|2010/01||Cercis||canadensis||Ace of Hearts||Feb-10|
|2008/02||Cercis||canadensis||Hearts of Gold||Feb-08|
|2010/09||Cercis||canadensis||The Rising Sun||Apr-11|
|2014/01||Cercis||canadensis||Pink Pom Poms||Feb-15|
|2008/03||Cercis||canadensis var.texensis||Texas White||Feb-08|
Several varieties in the collection have been assigned Plant Breeders Rights, or are in the process and therefore unauthorized propagation of these cultivars is forbidden.
For more information about the work of Plant Heritage visit their website on www.nccpg.com