Juda’s tree
Cercis siliquastrum L.

OTHER COMMON NAMES Cercis, árbol del amor, árbol de Judas, ciclamor, algarrobo loco, nandumbu, aljorán (Spanish); albero di Giuda, Siliquastro (Italian)
ORDER Fabales
CLASS Magnoliopsida
DIVISION Magnoliophyta

It is native to the East-Mediterranean zone, in the South Europe and West Asia. Therefore, it is present in Spain, South France, Italy, Greece and Asia Minor. It is a small deciduous tree. It can live between 80 to 150 years. Normally, it can reach a height of 4-6 metres. Its twisted trunk can have a diameter of 25 cm. Its leaves are simple, rounded and alternate. Generally, they are heart-shaped and have a length of 7-12 cm. They are light-green on their surface face and slightly glaucous on their back.
Its flowers are hermaphrodites, of 5 free, unequal and lilac-pink petals. They can come from directly from the bark, branches and trunk. The flowering starts in late winter and ends in early spring.
The Juda’s tree fruit is a pod, which first appear brown but on December gets reddish. It has 10-14 ovoid and black seeds. It ripens in autumn and persists until winter ends.