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Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

Eastern Redbud
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Trees


Valued for flowers, fruit, foliage. Clusters of small, sweet pea–shaped, rosy to purplish pink blossoms in early spring; where plant is adapted, blooms are borne in great profusion on bare twigs, branches, and sometimes even on main trunk. Flowers are followed by clusters of flat, beanlike pods that persist into winter. Attractive broad, rounded leaves have a heart-shaped base.

All redbuds provide fall color with first frost and are attractive in naturalized settings. Do any pruning in dormant season or after bloom.

Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Cercis canadensis

Native to the eastern U.S. The largest (to 25–35 ft. tall and wide) and fastest growing of the redbuds, and the most apt to take tree form. Round headed but with horizontally tiered branches in age. Rich green, 3–6-in.-long leaves have pointed tips. Needs some winter chill for a profuse display of rosy pink flowers. Effective as a specimen or understory tree. ‘Ruby Falls’ has weeping purple foliage. 

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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‘Forest Pansy’

A beautiful, graceful, purple-leafed form that needs some shade in hot climates. Probably not long-lived.

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