Eastern Forest Pansy Redbud

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

A good tree, a tree that should do well in Keizer.


It has a profusion of tiny rose-purple, pea-like flower blooms which blanket the tree in early spring before the leaves emerge. During the summer the leaves become a beautiful purplish red color. The shape of this species is considered irregular at first. Over time it develops into a graceful, flat-topped, vase shaped multi-trunk garden tree. The lower branches can be pruned out in order to allow access beneath the canopy.


This is a deciduous tree which typically grows to a height of 20’ and a width of 25’ spreading horizontally on tiered reddish colored limbs. The tree bears simple alternately arranged leaves which are glossy and purple red when young. During the summer the color fades to maroon or dark green. By fall the leaf color can be a combination of red, green and orange. Leaves are heart shaped and 3” to 5” in width.

Beginning in late March and extending into early April, flower clusters begin to emerge, heralding the formal beginning of another growing season. Flowers give rise to pendulous, flat, bean-like, 2-4″ long seed pods (which resemble snow peas). With time these seeds pods grow to a length of 2”-3” and eventually turn brown.

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