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Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

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Phonetic Spelling
SER-sis kan-ah-DEN-sis
Description

A low maintenance, ornamental flowering deciduous tree in the bean (Fabaceae) family. 'Forest Pansy' is a purple-leaved cultivar that has attractive red-orange fall color. It is often multitrunked and used as an understory tree.  The showy flowers appear in early spring and make excellent additions to cut arrangements.  Works well planted in groups, near patios or hardscapes, along lawns, in woodland gardens, or behind shrub boarders.  Eastern redbud is native to eastern and central North America. It is often found in woodlands, thickets, and dotted along rocky stream beds.  More information on Cercis canadensis

Seasons of Interest:

    Bloom: Spring, March-April  Foliage: Fall

Wildlife Value: Nectar attracts hummingbirds.  This tree is resistant to damage by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Insect pests include Japanese beetles, tree hoppers, leaf hoppers, caterpillars, borers, webworms, and scale. Canker can be a significant disease problem. Verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew, and blights sometimes occur. Regular maintenace through proper watering and fertilization and by pruning out dead branches as needed will mitigate most of these problems.

More information on Cercis canadensis var. canadensis.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#butterflies#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#songbirds#wildlife plant#purple leaves#red leaves#nectar plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#fall interest#clay soil#patio#flowering tree#playground#black walnut#squirrels#lawns#hardscape#cpp#shrub border#children's garden#woodland#edible fruits#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cercis
    Species:
    canadensis
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Edible fruit
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 25 ft. 0 in. - 35 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Very Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Seed Type: Pod Fruits follow and are flattened dry bean pods (to 2-4” long) that mature to brown in summer. Each pod has 6-12 seeds. Pods may remain on the tree into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Extremely showy rosy-pink-purple pea-like flowers explode from bare twigs in early spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Papery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Orbicular
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are purplish-red, alternate, simple, cordate, broadly ovate to nearly orbicular, and 3-5” across. They have a somewhat papery texture and have a short point at the tip. Leaves turn red to orange in the fall.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals