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Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Spring

Foliage

Dark Purple in Spring
Purple in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

redbud 'Forest Pansy'

Family

Caesalpiniaceae


Cercis are deciduous shrubs or small trees with heart-shaped leaves and clusters of bright pink pea-flowers opening before or with the leaves, followed by flattened, deep purple pods

'Forest Pansy' is a large deciduous shrub or small tree. Leaves to 12cm in width, broadly heart-shaped, deep red-purple. Flowers small, pink, seldom abundant. Grown mainly for foliage effect

Synonym(s)

  • Cercis canadensis 'Purple Leaf'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 7

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Verticillium wilt and coral spot may be a problem