Cercis siliquastrum – Judas Tree (southern Europe)
Habit: Large shrub to small tree with several stems, 4-6 m tall and wide; funnel-shaped becoming umbrella like: slow-growing, occasionally with runners.
Flowers: Conspicuous, crimson-pink flower clusters directly on the stem and branches, before leaves shoot, in April 2-3 weeks long; soft fragrance.
Fruits: Brownish, leathery husks, lasting through winter.
Leaves: Round, dull green; pale yellow from end of October to November.
Roots: Flat, forming runners when injured; collects nitrogen.
Demands: Sunny, hot areas; only in protected areas as sensitive to frost, good for urban areas.
Soil: Prefers moderately dry, not too nutritious, well drained soil, likes high chalk content; sensitive to dampness.
Hardiness: Zone 7a