Judas Tree, Love Tree, Mediterranean Redbud
- Deciduous tree, shruby habit to a single trunk, 15-30 ft (4.5-10 m) tall, spreading. Leaves alternate, simple, round (suborbicular), 7-12 cm across, base deeply cordate, apex rounded or emarginate (with a shallow notch), margin entire, bronze reddish-purple when emerging, slightly blue-green when mature, undulating surface, yellow in fall. Flowers pea-like, 1.5-2 cm long, rose-purple, in groups of 3-6, may persist with the leaves for an extended period. Fruit pod-like, 7-10 cm long and 2 cm wide, remaining well into winter.
- Sun to part shade. Best with some winter chill.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7 Native to southern Europe and western Asia. The common redbud of England and Europe.
- siliquastrum: like a silique, from the similarity of the pod to the fruit (silique) found in Cruciferae.
- Portland, Oregon: Hoyt Arboretum