The redbuds or Judas trees are a small genus of late spring-flowering trees or large shrubs suitable for warm sunny sites on any well-drained soil. Cercis siliquastrum is the Judas tree. Although often grown as a shrub, it is best seen as a small picturesque tree; the bright rose-purple, pea-shaped flowers are produced in clusters along the bare branches as the round leaves begin to unfold, bronze tinted in the late spring. In late summer and autumn, the purple-tinted seedpods are a conspicuous feature. There is also a white-flowered variety alba and a fine deep purple form, Bodnant. The Judas tree from the eastern Mediterranean is the most satisfactory species in European gardens while the North American redbud, C. canadensis, is popular in the U.S.A. And Canada.


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