CERCIS siliquastrum

Commonly known as Judas tree, Love tree

Cerise-purple flowers
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Heart- to kidney-shaped, blue-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long with notched tips, bronze when young and turning yellow in autumn.
  • Purple
    Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
    Cerise purple
  • Height
    10m (33ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tree
    Spreading, sometimes multi-headed. Clusters of 3-6 small flowers 1.5-2cm (½-¾in) long before and with the leaves. Long, flat pods in autumn.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
    Dappled shade.
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects. Name refers to myth that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from this tree. More likely from French name, Arbre de Judée, meaning 'Tree of Judea'.
    Pests & Diseases
    Leafhoppers, scale insects, canker, coral spot, Verticillium wilt.
    Place of origin
    Southern eastern Europe, south west Asia.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Slightly back from the sea with more shelter
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Alkaline / Chalk loving
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Loamy. Does not like to be transplanted.
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
10m (33ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)

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