The Tree Story
Judas Tree (Self Compassion) – Cercis siliquestrum
There is a long-standing myth that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a tree of this species. This belief is related to the tree’s common name “Judas Tree” which is possibly a corrupted derivation from the Tree of Judea. Another possible source for the vernacular name is the fact that the flowers and seedpods can dangle direct from the trunk in a way reminiscent of Judas’ suicide.