Trees On Jesus Green

The Local Council replaced the two newly planted trees on Jesus Green here in Cambridge that didn’t make it through their first year. The two trees planted in their place are Cercis siliquastrum (Judas tree) and Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip tree).

The generic name Cercis comes from the Greek kerkis, meaning a shuttle, which refers to the resemblance of the seed pods to a weaver’s shuttle. And siliquastrum means a pod. So really it is the pod-pod tree.

According to Wikipedia, the botanical name Liriodendron comes from the Greek and means a lily tree, And tulipiferawhich means to bring forth tulips, because its flowers resemble a tulip. In the right soil conditions it can grow to 55m and more. That will be a sight.