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Cercis siliquastrum

Arbre de Judée
Judas Tree

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

20 mm

Flowering months

March,

April

Leaf type

Reniform

Height

3-10 m

Description

Deciduous. The Judas Tree is supposed to be the tree from which Judas Icarius hanged himself. The legend goes that originally the flowers were white, but they turned pink in shame. The French name for the tree ‘Arbre de Judée’ indicates its origin, Judea.

Rocky and stony hillsides and thickets. Often cultivated.

Flowers

The deep pink pea-like flowers appear before the leaves. They grow on the bark of the branches and the trunk in stalked clusters.

Leaves

Reniform kidney-shaped leaf. Kidney-shaped with a notched tip.

Fruits Seeds

Pod: flat, 6-10 cm long.

Edible

Flowers and pods.

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