Monday, May 12, 2008
A familiar sight to almost everyone in early spring is the "Redbud" (Cercis canidensis). Like the Dogwood (which often blooms alongside it in the wild) the tree has
a tragic legend associated with it. Native to the Mediterranean area, this is supposedly the tree from which Judas Iscariot hanged himself after his
betrayal of Christ. The Bible says that after Judas' attempt to return the 30 pieces of silver (about $23.) he had been payed for the betrayal was ignored, he cast the coins
on the temple floor and "went out and hanged himself". This tree, whose flowers were originally white, blushed red in shame thereafter. It is a member of the Pea family.