Forest Pansy Redbud

Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

The Forest Pansy Redbud is a beautiful Eastern Redbud cultivar with award-winning, rich purple-burgundy leaves. Forest Pansy is a small, low maintenance tree or shrub with a rounded crown that can be as wide as it is tall. It can be grown as a standard tree or multi-trunked. This stunning focal point tree grows to a height of 20-30 feet tall and 25-35 feet wide.

The Forest Pansy cultivar (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’) has the typical, attractive gray bark of other Cercis trees. The first year’s twigs have a tinge of purple to them but they mature to brownish gray. 

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ puts on a wonderful show throughout the seasons. The small, pea-like flowers appear in small clusters in the spring, covering the branches. They are bright and rose-pink in color. The blooms are followed by the deep purple-black leaves that emerge shiny and heart-shaped. These mature into a maroon, purple color as spring and summer pass. This tree puts on a spectacular display in the fall as the leaves turn shades of deep red, orange, and purple.

The Forest Pansy Redbud is an attractive, small tree that is useful in many landscapes. It works well as a specimen or accent tree. The beautiful maroon leaves bring color and interest to any landscape. Forest Pansy also works well planted in informal woodland gardens, as well as Pacific Northwest gardens. 

This tree is attractive to birds, butterflies, and bees and is tolerant of deer. It can be susceptible to Verticillium Wilt when the soil is too wet. Forest Pansy dislikes transplanting, so it should be planted when young and left undisturbed.

Category:

Height: 20-30 ft.

Width: 25-35 ft.

Shape: Rounded/Pyramidal

Flower Color: Deep pink

Flowering Time: April-May

Fall Color: Red, orange, purple

Features: Showy spring flowers, rich purple heart-shaped leaves, attractive fall color

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Prefers moderately rich, consistently moist and well-drained loam soil

Growth Rate: Moderate

USDA Zones: 5-9

Uses: Shade tree, street tree, lawn tree, accent tree, woodland landscapes

Similar trees: Cercis canadensis 'JN2,' Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red,' Cercis canadensis