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Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Eastern Redbud
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Trees

CERCIS

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, sometimes even on main trunk. Flowers are followed by clusters of flat, beanlike pods that persist into winter. Attractive broad, rounded leaves are heart shaped at 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
Cercis canadensis

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Cercis canadensis

Native to eastern U.S. 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 profuse display of rosy pink flowers. Effective as specimen or understory tree.

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

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'Forest Pansy'

Native to the eastern United States, this is the largest (25 to 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 purple-red, 3 to 6-in.-long leaves have pointed tips.

Needs some shade in hot climates, and winter chill for profuse display of rosy pink flowers. Effective as specimen or understory tree.

Not usually long lived.

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