Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy

Forest Pansy Redbud

Dark purple foliage lasts into summer providing a dramatic impact in the landscape.  Grows best in the sun.

This beautiful tree is a harbinger of spring with masses of purplish-pink flowers that attract many early-season pollinators looking for nectar and pollen. Flowering occurs before the leaves emerge. A member of the legume family, the pea-like flowers are followed by brown seed pods that resemble pea pods. Fall foliage is usually a good yellow.

Redbuds are smaller trees with nearly flat or rounded crowns often found growing beneath taller trees. Use as a focal point, in groups or along woodland edges. 

  • Small to medium-sized, deciduous, flowering tree
  • Foliage emerges dark purple
  • Purplish-red flowers in the spring

  • Category: Tree, Native
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Height: 15-25 ft
  • Spread: 15-25 ft
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Foliage Color: Burgundy
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Landscape Characteristics
Branch Structure
Flowers
Foliage Color
Classification by Use
Color Impact
Native
Specialty Use
Woodland Garden
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Pollinators
Habit
Spreading
Upright
Light Requirement
Sun
Part Sun
Part Shade
Foliage
Deciduous
Fall Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Spring
Summer
Growth Rate
Moderate
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Well-Drained
Foliage Color
Green
Purple
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy

Easy to grow small tree, that is well adapted to many soil types as long as drainage is good. Will grow in acid to neutral soils in sun or shade but flowering and foliage color is best in sun.