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Cercis siliquastrum

Judas Tree

Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees, Flowers

CERCIS

Valued for flowers, fruit, foliage. Clusters of small, sweet pea–shaped, rosy to purplish pink blossoms in early spring; where plant is adapted, blooms are borne in great profusion on bare twigs, branches, and sometimes even on main trunk. Flowers are followed by clusters of flat, beanlike pods that persist into winter. Attractive broad, rounded leaves have a heart-shaped base.

All redbuds provide fall color with first frost and are attractive in naturalized settings. Do any pruning in dormant season or after bloom.

Cercis siliquastrum

Native to Europe and western Asia, where it was said to be the tree on which Judas hanged himself. Generally shrubby, to 25 ft. tall and wide; occasionally a taller, slender, single-trunk tree. Purplish rose flowers that are pretty on the tree and good in salads. Large leaves, deeply heart-shaped at base, are rounded or notched at tip. Best with some winter chill. Occasionally damaged by late frosts in the Northwest. Resists oak root fungus.

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