The pink, pea-like blooms of Cercis siliquastrum are bringing spring interest to the Autumn Garden.
Occurring in southern Europe and south west Asia, Cercis siliquastrum is a distinctive tree having a spreading habit, blue-green, heart-shaped foliage, and clusters of pink flowers. It can grow to 10m in height and width, and being of Mediterranean climes, does particularly well given our local weather and soil conditions. A neighbouring specimen of C. siliquastrum ‘Alba’ is displaying its paler flowers. It has acquired the common name Judas tree from the myth that this was the species from which Judas hung himself after his betrayal of Christ.