Eastern redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Photo/Illustration: 
Saxon Holt
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Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy')
SIR-sis kan-ah-DEN-sis
Genus:  Cercis
In early spring, 'Forest Pansy' awakens with a long-lasting profusion of bright purplish-pink blooms borne in clusters, before the leaves, along smooth gray branches. Its heart-shaped, blood-red leaves are finely veined and glossy when young, slowly turning a dark, purple-tinged green in full sun. Autumn foliage is a bouquet of reds, purples, oranges, and yellows. The plant's graceful branching structure stands out in winter.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  'Forest Pansy' produces new leaves throughout the season. It grows 15 to 25 feet tall with a slightly wider spread. Fairly trouble-free.
Care:  Site in full sun or partial shade. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions, but thrives in moist, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Stem cankers and verticillium wilt can occur.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Flowering Tree,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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