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Judas Tree

Cercis siliquastrum

Also known as

Love Tree, Judas-Tree, Lovetree

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

10m

2m

Min

5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Judas Tree
A photo of Judas Tree

Overview

This tree provides an amazing spectacle in spring, when it is covered in butterfly-like pink flowers shortly before the leaves begin to appear. The Judas tree can be grown as a single stem tree or as a shrub.

Common problems

Susceptible to cancers, coral spot, Verticilium wilt, leaf hoppers and scale insects. Keep plant healthy by providing good drainage and air flow.

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, but use fresh as needed!

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds when ripe in autumn, if stored, soak in warm water for 24 hours and cold stratify for 3 months, sow in spring into trays. When large enough to handle, prick out into own pots.

Cuttings

Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer and root in a light, well draining potting mix.

Special Features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Beautiful pink blossoms cover the tree before the leaves appear.

Uses

Edible

The flowers are edible.

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