Cercis siliquastrum

Judas Tree

  • Cercis siliquastrum

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Cercis siliquastrum, commonly known as the Judas Tree, is a beautiful ornamental tree from Southern Europe and Western Asia. This deciduous shrub or tree can grow up to 13 meters tall and produces deep pink flowers in spring on year-old or older growth, including the trunk. The leaves appear shortly after the first flowers emerge and are heart-shaped with a blunt apex, while the tree produces long flat pods that hang vertically. The flowers are not only beautiful but also edible. They have a sweetish-acid taste and can be added to salads, while the flower buds are pickled and used as a condiment. This tree prefers deep, well-drained soils and a position in full sun or partial shade. It can also grow in nutritionally poor soil and is noted for attracting wildlife. Propagation is by seed, cuttings, or budding. The species produces hard wood with an attractive grain that is used in veneers and polishes well. Despite its name, the Judas Tree has no connection to the biblical figure. It is a beautiful addition to any garden and adds a pop of color in the spring season.

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