Tree of Love

Cercis siliquastrum

This crooked trunk tree, share family with the legumes, like chickpeas, beans, peas, etc.. Its fruits are a bean sheath, in which the seeds grow, but unlike many other vegetables, they are not edible. Flowering of these trees, begin with the early days of heat.

Its flowers, have a butterfly shape that grow from the branches, and even directly from the trunk, covering it almost entirely of a bright pink color. The leaves are heart-shaped, and will sprout at a later stage on springtime.

Árbol del Amor, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid
Árbol del Amor, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid.

This species, grow on the Eastern Mediterranean, and are mostly grown in parks and gardens as an ornamental tree.

This tree is also known as Redbud, Crazy “Algarrobo” Judas Tree, since according to the legend, Judas Iscariot hanged himself on a tree of this same species.