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Cercis canadensis - Forest Pansy (Cercis, Eastern Red Bud)

Cercis canadensis - Forest Pansy (Cercis, Eastern Red Bud)
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Type Tree, Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours Purple Flowers (Summer early), Red Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Cercis canadensis Description

Cercis 'Forest Pansy' really is a cracking good tree for an smallish urban garden. Not only does forest pansy have a graceful slightly arching habit but it also has masses of red - purple foliage to admire. Cercis looks impressive from planting, being appreciated for its purple tinted heart shaped leaves and arching luxuriant habit. Stems are covered purple pink flowers in spring, and Forest Pansy's showy purple tinged foliage turns an attractive pale yellow in the autumn.


Cercis canadensis - Cultivation Notes

Eastern Red Bud requires a moist yet well drained soil, preferring a warm spot in full or part sun. Avoid very exposed cold locations as it can catch winter frosts. Prune to shape in winter but avoid over pruning if you want to maintain the interesting arching habit of this distinctive small tree. Plant with a stake in a sheltered spot and mulch every few years to feed.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Cercis canadensis:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing

Weaknesses of Cercis canadensis

  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Cercis canadensis:

  • Provides extended interest with blossom, berries and autumn colour
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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Common Missspellings: Carsis, Sircis, Cersis, Sirciss, Cirsiss

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