Judas Tree

May 4, 2012

in Nature

Judas tree

“The spring blooms of a Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum, which always appear at the end of Lent. It is an unusual tree—here photographed in a public garden in San Gwann, Malta—that originated from the Mediterranean region and then ‘moved’ into western Asia. According to legend this is the tree on which Judas hanged himself after betraying Jesus, after which the white flowers turned red with his blood and shame. Yet it is also known as the ‘Love tree,’ reflecting the Lord’s love for us all, including Judas, such that He annually allows him his “moment of glory” too, and as a reminder of his betrayal.”

Submitted by John R. Portelli.

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Francine May 5, 2012 at 12:35 am

Beautiful tree! Thank you for sharing the Judas tree legend.


tina May 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

Thank you John for such an amazing, beautiful, legend and picture. The leaves of the Judean-Judas tree are heart shaped. So few leaves visible:perhaps they hide in shame,since it was a treacherous heart that betrayed Jesus with a kiss.


Len Calneggia April 10, 2013 at 1:14 am

I have propogated some Judas trees from seeds and have some growing in my garden and on the street verge in South West of Western Australia


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