Judas Tree

Cercis siliquastrum, commonly known as the Judas tree, is a captivating deciduous tree. Typically reaching a height of 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters), this medium-sized tree boasts a distinctive and broad, rounded crown.

The Appearance

A small deciduous tree with a spreading crown and heart-shaped leaves that turn yellow in autumn. Known for its striking pink to purple flowers in spring.


The Produce

These pods, also called legumes or siliques, develop after the tree's vibrant pink or purple flowers.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of pea-like flowers in spring, which appear on old wood, including the trunk.


The Leaves

The leaves exhibit a smooth texture and possess a vibrant green colour that deepens in intensity during the growing season.


The Bark

The bark is dark brown and smooth when young, becoming fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies with its flowers. Provides habitat and food for various birds and insects.


The Culture

Popular in ornamental landscaping for its beautiful spring flowers and unique growth habit.


Fun Facts

The Judas Tree gets its name from the legend that Judas Iscariot hanged himself on one of these trees, causing its flowers to turn from white to red in shame.

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