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Judas Tree Cercis siliquastrum (Fabaceae) HEIGHT to 10m <br />
Small, spreading and rather flat-crowned deciduous tree often with more than one bole. BARK Dark grey. BRANCHES Ascending, spreading near tips, with red-brown buds and twigs. Old trees have more drooping branches. LEAVES Simple, alternate and rounded, sometimes notched at tip and heart-shaped at base; smooth above and bluish-green when young, becoming yellow when older; paler and bluer below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS 5-petalled, pink, pea-like flowers in small short-stalked clusters, opening before leaves and bursting out of bole, large branches and twigs; followed by pods, to 10cm long, slightly constricted around seeds, reddish at first, maturing brown and becoming dehiscent. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of E Mediterranean, planted here as an ornamental tree.
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Judas Tree Cercis siliquastrum (Fabaceae) HEIGHT to 10m
Small, spreading and rather flat-crowned deciduous tree often with more than one bole. BARK Dark grey. BRANCHES Ascending, spreading near tips, with red-brown buds and twigs. Old trees have more drooping branches. LEAVES Simple, alternate and rounded, sometimes notched at tip and heart-shaped at base; smooth above and bluish-green when young, becoming yellow when older; paler and bluer below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS 5-petalled, pink, pea-like flowers in small short-stalked clusters, opening before leaves and bursting out of bole, large branches and twigs; followed by pods, to 10cm long, slightly constricted around seeds, reddish at first, maturing brown and becoming dehiscent. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of E Mediterranean, planted here as an ornamental tree.

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Date: 3 Jul 2013
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Credit: ANDREW CLEAVE/NPL
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