May 2020 – the Judas Tree

The Plant of the month for May 2020 is the Judas Tree.

This tree is growing in the Lovell Quinta Arboretum. At this time of year it produces its flowers and these may emerge directly from the stem (as in this picture).

Its Latin name is Cercis siliquastrum and it comes from the family Fabaceae (the pea family).

Its natural range is in the countries surrounding the East Mediterranean

It grows well for us in Cheshire and is particularly suited to well-drained soil in partial shade or sun. It is a small tree but may reach a height up to 10m.