Cercis chinensis

Chinese Redbud Bonsai

Native to China and Japan. This popular variant of the Judas Tree bonsai, Cercis chinensis blossom the signature pink blossoms of the genus making them stand out in any display. Chinese Redbud trunks have smooth bark underneath rich green foliage hosting an exotic aesthetic.   

Chinese Redbud Bonsai Care Tips

Across the growing season place your Chinese Redbud Bonsai tee in full sun. During the hottest days of the year in summer provide some semi-shade. These species can survive some frost but when planted in the ground, they require some protection. 

Keep the soil moist, but not saturated, while the tree is establishing. Water your Chinese Redbud well in summer. Reduce the frequency and water sparingly in winter.

Apply the first dose of half-strength liquid feed before the flowers bloom in April. Feed every two weeks after that throughout the growing season and summer. Stop feeding in winter to allow for dormancy and recovery. 

Start pruning during dormancy, this way the tree is less prone to damage or stress, ideally between late winter and early spring. New growths can be trimmed continually. New shoots should be reduced to two or three sets of leaves. Any crossed branches can be removed from the crown’s interior. 

Chinese Redbud are suitable for various forms of bonsai style. We recommend using wires with a thickness that matches the thickness of the branch: if the wire you choose is too thick you will damage the bark. If it is too thin, it won’t be effective.

Repotting your tree is an important way to provide a fresh and suitable soil mix and ensure appropriate root health. Repot your Chinese Redbud every two years in the Spring. 

Trees that are ready for repotting will require root pruning, a suitable new pot and appropriate soil mix.

When repotting, do not cut back the root mass by a large amount, and choose a well-draining soil mix that has a neutral or slightly higher PH value of 5-6 but not over 7. We tend to use a mixture of different speciality bonsai soils on our trees. Every species is different so please contact us for free soil-mix advice or to take advantage of our repotting service.

The Cercis genus is a subfamily of the Fabaceae and comprises 10 species. Among those used for Bonsai is the Judas Tree. Found the world over bar Oceania, these species have signature heart-shaped leaves and pink to red flowers.   

Bonsai trees aren’t only magnificent additions to an indoor oasis, they are more than capable of standing out in any garden. Many Bonsai species are incredibly hardy and withstand nature’s colder and damper turns with aplomb making them worthwhile outdoor plants. We have an extensive library of care guides for outdoor bonsai trees. It’s not about selecting the perfect bonsai, it’s about selecting the perfect bonsai for you. 

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Chinese Redbud is particularly popular to propagate from seeds. Seeds need 8-12 hours of sunlight or artificial lighting exposure. Warm temperatures of 20 degrees C and above are ideal for the seed’s growth. A peat-based soil is advisable but any basic soil mix will be perfectly fine. Seeds need to be a quarter of an inch deep into the soil, any deeper will mitigate sunlight exposure. 

Chinese Redbud bonsai can be grown indoors if the correct aeration and sunlight demands are met. It’s also worth noting that this species demands frost protection in the winter months so an indoor placement will obviously provide this.