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Cercis siliquastrum


Judas tree, love tree

Covered with bright pink flowers in spring

In April an May this large shrub or small tree is covered in deep purple flowers. The flowers are produced on old wood and appear everywhere including the stems and trunk creating an unusual spectacle. After the flowers lime green leaves are produced which develop into unusual rounded heart shapes. In the autumn reddish seeds pods are produced. Commonly known as the Judas tree because it is thought that Judas Iscriot hanged himself from this tree after he had betrayed Jesus Christ.


Will trive in a sunny position in well drained soil.


Requires little specialist treatment.

It is believed to have been introduced to the UK in the 17th century

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 800 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 600 cm - 900 cm
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site City garden

Typically available

From February to September