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Spring highlights: Judas tree

As we ease our way into spring, pops of colour will begin to appear around the arboretum.

This month we're exploring the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum). It is one of the first trees you see when arriving at Westonbirt and when in flower with is deep pink flowers you'll not want to miss it.
Heart shaped leaves of a Judas tree

Its brilliant purple-pink coloured flowers make this tree highly ornamental. They appear in clusters before the foliage emerges in May.

Clusters of small, deep pink-purple pea-flowers of the Judas tree

It has been cultivated since ancient times. Judas tree is native to the East Mediterranean region and it is said to be the tree from which Judas Iscariot hanged himself - hence the common name.

Clusters of small, deep pink-purple pea-flowers on branches of the Judas tree

Judas tree is a great plant for sunny and dry positions, even with poor soil. This small tree species can grow up to 12 metres tall and can live to be 50 years old.

Read our other tree of the month blogs...

Find out exactly where the Judas trees are in Westonbirt Arboretum by locating them on our explorer map...