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The winner of the Plant of the Year award

The winner of the Plant of the Year Competition at RHS Chelsea 2021

The winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 ‘Plant of the Year Competition’ has been announced – Cercis Canadensis ‘Eternal Flame.’

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Earlier this year, in May, the plant was brought into the spotlight at the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair. The eye-catching plant can be trained to grow into a tree. Once matured, it flowers between April and May. But the real treat comes later in the year; the beautiful foliage it produces. Originally starting out in a vibrant shade of red, it gently fades into a warm orange hue, before finally turning into a gentle golden colour.

Key Facts:

Flowering: Typically between April and May

Soil: Free-draining

Sun Requirements: Full sun

Size: Can grow between 3-4 metres in height

Hardiness: Fully hardy

Cercis canadensis 'Eternal Flame'. Shortlisted for Chelsea Plant of the Year. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021. RHS / Sarah Cuttle
Cercis canadensis ‘Eternal Flame’. Winner of Chelsea Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021. RHS / Sarah Cuttle

For the full list shortlist of Chelsea Plant of the Year nominees (with pics, of course) click here.

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