Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A purple flowering tree with no leaves (when flowering) and very dark bark. Judas tree?

Flowers in the early spring--April-May in Connecticut.

A purple flowering tree with no leaves (when flowering) and very dark bark. Judas tree?
I know it as Cercis canadensis common name is Redbud.
Reply:yep! ur right
Reply:Yes, also known as a red bud tree. JUDAS-TREE, the Cercis siliquastrum of botanists, belonging to the section Caesalpineae of the natural order Leguminosae. It is a native of the south of France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Asia Minor, and forms a handsome low tree v,ith a flat spreading head. In Spring it is covered with a profusion of purplish pink flowers, which appear before the leaves. The flowers have an agreeable acid taste, and are eaten mixed with salad or made into fritters. The tree was frequently figured by the older herbalists. One woodcut by Castor Durante has the figure of Judas Iscariot suspended from one of the branches, illustrating the popular tradition regarding this tree. A second species, C. canadensis, is common in North America from Canada to Alabama and eastern Texas, and differs from the European. species in its smaller size and pointed leaves. The flowers are also used in salads and for making pickles, while the branches are used to dye wool a nan-keen color.

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