Noted for its spectacular floral display, Cercis siliquastrum (Judas Tree) is a deciduous, often multi-trunked tree with a rounded crown. Masses of pea-like purplish rose flowers held in clusters appear in the spring, before or with the leaves. Pretty on the tree and good in salads, they are larger than those found on most other Cercis species. They are followed by ornamentally showy, pendent, reddish purple seedpods which adorn the branches in late summer and may persist into winter. Emerging bronze red, the rounded, heart-shaped leaves mature to deep green in summer, before turning pale yellow to greenish-yellow in the fall. It is said to be the tree on which Judas Iscariot hanged himself.
- Grows up to 15-25 ft. tall and wide (450-750 cm).
- A full sun to part shade lover, this Redbud is easily grown in well-drained soils. Performs best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. Best flower production is obtained in full sun but part shade is best in hot summer climates. Needs a winter chill before flowers set properly.
- Perfect choice as a specimen plant or for shrub borders.
- Generally pest free. Watch for canker, verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew and blights. Deer tolerant.
- Does not transplant well. It should be planted when young and left undisturbed.
- Native to eastern Mediterranean region.