This species forms a small tree up to 12 m high and 10 m wide. The deep pink flowers are produced on year-old or older growth, including the trunk, in spring. This flower shape is typical of the pea family (Fabaceae). The leaves appear shortly after the first flowers emerge. These are cordate (heart shaped) with a blunt apex, which occasionally has a shallow notch at the tip.
The tree produces long flat pods that hang vertically. The flowers are edible. The species was first described by Linnaeus in 1753 and he gave it the specific epithet of siliquastrum which is derived from the Latin word siliqua, meaning "pod". The genus name comes from the Greek kerkis, a "shuttle", which refers to the resemblance shown to this weaver's tool by the flat, woody seedpods.
48.00 Location B5 Planted 1968 Latitude; -38.401861390000 Longitude; 146.052749750000
48.01 Location B5 Planted 1968 Latitude; -38.401796000000 Longitude;146.052982000000
48.01 Location B5 Planted 1970's Latitude; -38.401785420000 Longitude; 146.052983260000