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Judas Tree

Cercis siliquastrum

Also known as

Love Tree, Lovetree

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Judas Tree Overview

This tree provides an amazing spectacle in spring, when it is covered in butterfly-like pink flowers shortly before the leaves begin to appear. The Judas tree can be grown as a single stem tree or as a shrub.

Common problems with Judas Tree

Susceptible to cancers, coral spot, Verticilium wilt, leaf hoppers and scale insects. Keep plant healthy by providing good drainage and air flow.

How to harvest Judas Tree

Generally not harvested, but use fresh as needed!

How to propagate Judas Tree


Sow seeds when ripe in autumn, if stored, soak in warm water for 24 hours and cold stratify for 3 months, sow in spring into trays. When large enough to handle, prick out into own pots.


Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer and root in a light, well draining potting mix.


You can propagate the species by seeds in the autumn, the cultivars by budding in late summer.

Special features of Judas Tree

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Beautiful pink blossoms cover the tree before the leaves appear.

Other uses of Judas Tree

Specimen, producing fruits.


The flowers are edible.

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With a little formative work these trees can be trained into multi- stemmed specimens.

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