The Judas Tree

The Judas Tree

It is believed that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from this tree that is why they called it the Judas tree.  You can see these type of trees all around Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. The name “Judas Tree” is possibly a corrupted derivation from the French common name, Arbre de Judée meaning tree of Judea, referring to the hilly regions of that country where the tree used to be common. 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.

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