Judas Tree

The startling, bright mauve, clusters of flowers of the Judas Tree, Cercis siliquastrum arise, like blisters, in late spring along the bare branches or even from the trunk of the tree, often before the tree has leafed up, and make a wonderful contrast with the froth of Cow Parsley below.
Richard Lynch, Curator, notes in his 1915 tree survey that this Judas Tree in what is now called the Gilbert-Carter Memorial Area was one of the finest in the country. The weight of its limbs has caused the tree to fall apart, as it is prone to do, and it is now a wonderful spreading specimen of great character.

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