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Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis L.) and Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum L.)

  • R. L. Geneve
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 16)


Cercis is a genus of 11 species native to North America, Asia, and Europe. All are large shrubs or small trees under 10 m in height. The genus Cercis is an unusual member of the caesalpinoid subfamily of legumes (Leguminosae sub. Caesalpiniaceae) producing pea-like, papilionaceous flowers more common to the Fabaceae subfamily. The two most important species are C. canadensis (Eastern redbud) and C. siliquastrum (Judas tree). Both species are similar in appearance, with C. canadensis, produced as a nursery crop in the United States, where it is native, and C. siliquastrum, being commercially important in its natural distribution in Europe (Table 1). Cercis is cultivated as an ornamental landscape tree and for establishment in windbreaks or wildlife habitats.


Somatic Embryo Somatic Embryogenesis Adventitious Root Zygotic Embryo Woody Plant Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Geneve
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  1. 1.Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape ArchitectureUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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