Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' (Purple-leaved Eastern Redbud) - Deciduous, growing to 20-30 ft. tall with a 20-25 ft. spread at a moderate to rapid rate. From late winter to early spring, the splendid, rose-pink blossoms cover the bare branches for a beautiful floral display. Graceful, heart-shaped leaves are arranged in an alternate pattern along the branches. New growth emerges deep purple and matures to a bronze-green - the showy fall color is yellow. The bark is thin and easily damaged from mechanical impact such as mowers and trimmers. It typically has an irregular growth habit when young, but forms a graceful, flat-topped, vase shape as it gets older. Typically branches low on the trunk, and if left intact forms a graceful multitrunked specimen. Requires selective pruning at an early age to develop a strong branch structure. Plant in full sun to light shade, best growth occurs in a light, rich, moist soil. This plant adapts well to a variety of soils, including sandy, clay, alkaline or acidic, occasionally wet but most importantly well drained. Trees look better when they receive some irrigation in summer. Cold hardy to about 15 degrees F.