Judas tree

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Judas tree:

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or Judas tree,
name for trees and shrubs of the genus Cercis, handsome plants of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), covered along the branches in the early spring with deep rose or (rarely) white flowers resembling pea blossoms.
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Judas Tree


(Cercis siliquastrum), a tree of the family Leguminosae. It attains a height of 7 to 15 m. Its leaves are deciduous, round, blunt, entire, and deeply cordate at the base. The flowers are bisexual and bright pink in color, and grow in clusters of three to six on the stem, on old branches, and in leaf axils. The fruit is a flat, many-seeded pod. The tree blossoms in the spring, before leafing, and reproduces by seeds.

The Judas tree grows wild on rocky slopes and calcareous rocks in southern Europe and southwestern Asia. In the USSR it is found in the wild state in the Crimea, the Caucasus, and Middle Asia. It is cultivated chiefly as an ornamental, but its lumber is sometimes used in woodworking and its buds as a pungent seasoning in sauces.

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A tree that is not planted enough in Britain but that forms a dome head is Cercis siliquastrum, the Judas Tree.
Another beautiful and quite unusual tree is the Cercis Forest Pansy or Judas tree which has huge purple leaves and beautiful pinky-purple flowers that grow all down the stem.
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And the only two new ballets--Kenneth MacMillan's The Judas Tree and David Bintley's Tombeaux--hardly set the Hudson on fire.
But if you try the box elder (Acer negundo, left), ericas or the pink flowered Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum), which need dry acid soils, you will likely have a flop on your hands.