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Plant Profile: Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum)

Cercis siliquastrum Wikipedia  מאוסף התמונות של אורנה לוטןThe abundance of deep pink clusters of flowers growing from old wood including the trunk of the tree makes this a dynamic small tree for the garden. The flowers appear before and while the leaves are coming out on the tree and are followed by clusters of pendulous flat woody pods that resemble weaver’s shuttles. The heart-shaped leaves are bronze when they first appear in spring but change to blue-green by summer, and to yellow in the fall. Plants are easily damaged by winds or early frosts, and resent being transplanted. Although myth claims that the name refers to the use of this tree by Judas Iscariot to hang himself, that is not the case. In France the tree is called ‘l’arbre de Judee’ which is translated as ‘the tree from Judeae’ and the common name derives from the French. Cultivars are available with light pink, purple,magenta, and white.

Type: Deciduous flowering tree

Outstanding Feature: Flowers

Form: Loosely rounded

Growth Rate: Slow

Bloom: Clusters of small deep pink flowers in spring on old wood

Size: 36’ H x 30’ W

Light: Full sun to light shade

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained, alkaline

Hardiness: Zones 6-9

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to scale, leafhoppers, psyllids, canker, coral spot and verticillium wilt

Propagation:Fresh seed sown in autumn and over wintered in cold frame; semi-ripe cuttings, budding

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