Photo Blog of Nacho San Miguel: Ornamental trees of Alicante- Arbol del amor.

Also called Cercis, Jude Tree, Judean Tree, Ciclamor, Locust Carob ; its scientific name Cercis siliquastrum L. indicates the shape of its fruit and flowers ('Cercis' in Greek means navecilla) and its resemblance to those of the algarrobo ('siliqua' with the suffix '-astrum' 'which indicates its imperfect resemblance), the noble Spanish of tree of love comes from the heart-shaped form of its leaves and the rose of its flowers. The name of the tree of Judah indicates its origin, while that of the tree of Judah originates from the popular belief that Judah was hanged on one of these trees.

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This is a deciduous tree of the family fabaceae with origin in the near east and south of Europe. They can reach between 6 and 12 meters. The leaves are green glaucous, with a heart-shaped shape. It has a graceful rose-pink bloom from April to May along the branches and before the leaves sprout, once the flowers dry, they remain on the tree for a long time.

The fruits have properties astringents, while young flowers and floral buds can be used in salads.