American Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

American Redbud - Cercis canadensis  'Forest Pansy'

Common Name: American Redbud
Genus: Cercis
Species: canadensis
Cultivar: 'Forest Pansy'

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 10.00 m (1000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: PurpleFlowering Period: March & April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Other features: stunning royal purple foliage

Deep purple, heart-shaped leaves on a spreading, often multi-stemmed tree. In spring, crimson purple or pink flowers appear on the bare stems but it is the leaves which make this tree so attractive. The colour becomes subdued in summer but it is one of the best coloured-leaved small trees. Like Cercis siliquastrum it does prefer a warm south-facing spot.

  • Garden care: Plant in their final location when young as they resent being transplanted. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.

  • Goes well with: Kolkwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud', Ceanothus x delileanus 'Topaze', Lavatera 'Barnsley', Verbena bonariensis, Perovskia 'Blue Spire,' Ruta graveolens, Dianthus caryophyllus, Stachys officinalis.


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