Hinton Ampner Garden

Cercis siliquastrum 'Albida'

'Judas Tree'

Location:

The Main Terrace

Description:

A small tree up to 12 metres in height and 10 metres in width, native to Western Asia and Southern Europe. The white flowers are produced on year-old or older growth, including the trunk in late spring. The heart-shaped leaves appear shortly after the first flowers emerge. The tree produces long flat pods that hang vertically from which the tree is named - siliqua, meaning "pod".

Site and Care:

Judas Trees prefer deep, fertile, well-drained soils and a position in full sun or partial shade. It is drought tolerant but susceptible to leafhoppers and scale insects as well as diseases including canker and coral spot. Propagation is by seed, cuttings or budding. The tree produces hard wood with an attractive grain often used in veneers.