Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
(Eastern Redbud) A superb, graceful large shrub with translucent, heart-shaped dark red leaves in summer which light up like stained glass with shades of crimson and scarlet when backlit by strong sunlight. One of our favourite foliage plants!
Best foliage display will usually be seen when planted in a sunny position with a little shelter from strong winds.
The sun shining through the glorious rich-purple, heart-shaped leaves of Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' is one of the wonders of the garden. Some leaves reflect the light whilst others appear translucent, the overall effect being a tapestry of different shades of purple.
A scattering of rose-pink flowers appear on the bare stems in spring and the gorgeous foliage colour lasts from mid May until November. Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' is a truly lovely plant which deserves a good position in nearly any garden.
- Position: Full sun.
- Soil: Fertile, well-drained soils. Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' dislikes very wet or poorly drained soils.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Flowering Period: April.
- Flower Colour: Rose-pink
- Rate of Growth: Slow until established then moderate. Not for instant gratification but more vigorous when settled down.
- Habit: Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' eventually grows to be a branching large shrub or very small tree.
- Height: 6 m (20 ft) / [up to 2.5 m (8 ft) after ten years]
- Spread: 6 m (20 ft) [up to 2 m (6 ft) after ten years]
- Notes: Cercis do not transplant well and should be left undisturbed once planted in position. Please do not feed this Cercis with artificial plant food after planting it out, this can severely damage the root system.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Large (3m+), Tree - Small (4m - 8m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Acid, Soil: Dry/Sandy
- Special Features
- Flowers in Spring, Suitable for Containers, Autumn Colour, Foliage - Purple/Red, Rare and Unusual