The Teddington Gardener

The Judas tree at Kew – Cercis siliquastrum in the Mediterranean Garden – a real star performance @kewgardens

IMG_2522IMG_2523IMG_2525IMG_2524IMG_2527IMG_2528IMG_2530IMG_2519IMG_2534IMG_2537IMG_2538IMG_2542IMG_2545IMG_2548IMG_2550IMG_2551IMG_2552IMG_2554IMG_2555IMG_2558IMG_2557IMG_2560IMG_2561IMG_2562IMG_2563IMG_2565IMG_2567IMG_2568IMG_2569IMG_2570IMG_2573IMG_2575IMG_2576IMG_2577IMG_2583IMG_2592Well, I think that just about gives you every angle! This remarkable tree, Cercis siliquastrum, also known as the Judas tree, forms part of the Mediterranean Landscape at Kew Gardens and is just about at its best just now. Alone it is both striking and beautiful but contrasting with the yellow, fragrant gorse, the combination is remarkable.

I was heading to the Cherry Walk, the focus of my walk in the gardens today, but rather helpfully, some-one was writing up a chalk board, right by the entrance with a list of ‘What to See Today’ and this was right at the top, understandably. Plus the Mediterranean Landscape sits at the end of the Cherry Walk, so it was a minimal diversion but with maximum impact.

LINKS

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/species-of-the-day/evolution/cercis-siliquastrum/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/9791785/Top-10-non-native-trees-to-plant.html?frame=2447620

https://teddingtongardener.com/2013/05/07/judas-tree-cercis-siliquastrum/  – and not nearly so impressive even a week later, in 2013

https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=373

One comment

  1. Spectacular! I have a very small C. canadensis ‘Lavender Twist’ (my best guess, as I did not plant it) in the garden here that is just about thinking of opening some buds in the next day or two. I’ve grown C. yunnanensis ‘Celestial Plum’ in previous gardens but never C. siliquastrum …. no idea why, as it is hardy here!

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