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‘Forest Pansy’ Eastern redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

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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.

CareSite in full sun or partial shade. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions, but thrives in moist, well-drained soil.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsStem cankers and verticillium wilt can occur.

  • Genus : Cercis
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees

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