Judas Tree Cercis siliquastrum
The Judas Tree is a small deciduous tree native to the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia. it was introduced to Britain before 1600 and has been planted widely in parks and gardens in warmer areas. It has beautiful pink flowers in spring and long flat pods that hang down and persist through the winter. The derivation of its name is unclear – it could be from the region of the Judean hills in which it was commonly found.
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The flowers may be produced from shoots, branches or even the trunk of the tree. This photo was taken in late April, before the leaves had emerged. The bark is ridged.