About This Plant

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 bark of the Judas tree is smooth and silvery grey when young, gradually developing into a darker, fissured texture with age. According to legend, the Judas tree is associated with the biblical figure Judas Iscariot. It is said that Judas, overwhelmed by guilt after betraying Jesus, hanged himself from a tree, and the Judas tree is believed to be the species.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves of the Judas tree, are heart-shaped and alternately arranged along the branches. The leaves exhibit a smooth texture and possess a vibrant green colour that deepens in intensity during the growing season. Ranging in size from 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 cm) in diameter, the leaves create a lush and full canopy. As autumn approaches, the Judas tree undergoes a stunning transformation, with its foliage taking on warm hues of yellow or reddish-purple.

Produce

The Judas tree produces distinctive leguminous fruits in the form of long, flat, and thin pods. These pods, also called legumes or siliques, develop after the tree’s vibrant pink or purple flowers. The legumes of the Judas tree are typically dark brown and can grow up to 10 to 15 centimetres in length. They have a somewhat flattened appearance and contain several small seeds. The pods often persist on the tree after the flowering season.
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