Daily Flower Candy: Cercis siliquastrum

Pictured here outside Winchester City Mill, Cercis siliquastrum, makes an arresting sight. Despite its oriental good looks, C. siliquastrum hails from Southern Europe and Western Asia. Uniquely, the rose-pink, pea-like flowers appear in clusters along older wood in late spring. A long standing myth suggests that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a tree of this species. This belief is related to the common name ‘Judas Tree’ which is a corrupted derivation from the French common name, ‘Arbre de Judée’.

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