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Judas tree

Judas tree

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If you are wondering which is that tree that blooms on the trunk... it's him, theJudas tree. L'Judas tree, botanically known as Cercis siliquastrum, it's a ornamental tree little known by Italians but deserves a prominent place for its early and luxuriant flowering. L'Judas tree is perfect for anyone who is looking for a ornamental tree to grow in the garden: it has a great aesthetic value especially in full bloom and moreover it does not require any particular care.

L'Judas tree it has a particular flowering, not only for the position but also for the timing: the flowers sprout before the leaves on all the branches to cover the trunk as well. The deciduous leaves are heart-shaped, 5 to 10 cm wide and with an alternating color ranging from dark green on the upper side to opaque green on the lower one. In spring, the leaves can take on bronze tones while in spring, depending on the sun exposure, they can take on a color ranging from golden yellow to orange.

The flowers ofJudas tree they are purple pink, grouped in groups of 4-6 specimens. The magnificent flowering takes place in March-April.

L'Judas tree, flowers to eat
The peculiarity of flowering continues in the kitchen: the flowers can be collected and eaten, both fried in batter and mixed fresh with salads. There are those who preserve them in brine like capers and then use them in soups or pizzaiola dishes and there are those who preserve them in vinegar.

At the end of flowering, theJudas tree will show off its fruits, these are flattened legumes - yes, theJudas tree it is part of the same family of beans and peas, it is a Leguminosa - about 10 cm long and almost 2 cm wide. The fruits remain on the plant even after the leaves have fallen, until they dry out.

L'Judas tree it resists drought very well, prefers calcareous soils with very sunny exposures but adapts to any type of soil: like all plants it hates water stagnation. It can be grown in very low maintenance gardens and does not require water even in summer. L'Judas tree it can also be used as ornamental plants in villas or gardens in the city center as it shows great resistance toair pollution.

The Tree of Judas, curiosity
Its common name seems to be linked to the legend according to which Judas, after having betrayed Jesus, hanged himself by tying a rope to its branches. Legend aside, the name may be derived from the origins of the tree, its name may derive from the "Judea" region, current Palestine is rich in Cercis siliquastrum.

Video: Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a tree of this species - Judas tree Cercis siliquastrum (August 2022).