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Forest Pansy Redbud

Cercis Canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

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Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)



Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-30 ft.

Mature Width:

25-35 ft.

Spacing:

20-30 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Cercis Canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

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AZ



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The Call of the Wild

If your garden or landscape is missing that certain something, then you simply must consider the Forest Pansy Redbud.

Perfect in size, its medium stature--topping out at between 20 to 30 feet--will give you ample planting choices and work well with a variety of designs. The floral display will add a burst of color with a natural appeal that will brighten your garden and add warmth and charm like few other trees can.

Like A Beacon in Your Garden

The Forest Pansy's smooth, gray branches stretch out vertically, hoisting gorgeous red, almost violet flowers to form a lovely canopy alive with vibrant color. The delicate petals fan out in wonderful clusters, attracting hummingbirds and other welcome visitors hovering for a look. It's a spectacular show of color that will awaken your garden in early spring, weeks before most other blooms. Create a wildlife themed garden or naturlaized landscape and the bees won't be the only ones buzzing about it. Your envious neighbors will too.

The Show Must Go On

Just because spring gives way to summer doesn't mean the Redbud's job is done. Once fall arrives, your Forest Pansy will come alive with color again; but this time it's the leaves that put on the show. Like lily pads suspended from stems among the branches, the green leaves begin to mix in splashes of yellow and orange to tantalize the eye.

Whether for your garden, landscape, walkway or patio, any place you choose to plant it would be vastly improved with the addition of a Forest Pansy Redbud.





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Great service....
I was asked to review the tree purchase. But I just have had it a week or two. So we'll see.
But as far as the tree being shipped, well that was perfect. Nice box for shipping. Tree looked great. Good planting info.
got it Nebraska in 3 days. Pleased as Punch....
I will order again.
August 10, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
5
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expectations exceeded
After carefully.trying to pick what we wanted decided on the forest pansy. Like most online trees wasn't expecting anything too good but was very surprised at the quality of the product we received. Fantastic trees and look so forward to watching them grow
September 2, 2015
Sonora, KY
Growing Zone:
6
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Tender
 
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OK but slower growing than expected
We planted two of these last summer and kept careful watch over how much water they received since it was so hot. They survived into the fall but their leaves and smaller twigs kept falling off or breaking. The winter was mild but they honestly looked like dead sticks, so we were very happy when they budded and have now leafed out. But fast growing? Not unless they suddenly get into gear.
April 20, 2016
Paducah, KY
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
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Medium
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Doing well
This tree showed little signs of life for about 3-4 weeks after I planted it. Then it sprouted some buds, followed by a few leaves. It seemed to grow pretty quickly in height for a couple of months but slowed down when it started getting hot. But it looks like it's healthy and happy. I was worried at first, but it just had to come out of hibernation. So far, I am pleased with this tree.
July 25, 2015
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over 2 years ago
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Tender
 
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Beauty for years to come.
I gave this tree as a gift to a friend who is recovering from heart surgery. Too many times we plant a tree "in memory " I wanted to send encouragement. Diane is enjoying this in her front yard.
September 30, 2016
Cattaraugus , NY
Purchased
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
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Tender
 
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Nice addition to front yard
We lost a large Bradford pear tree last summer and needed to replace with something to help shade the house. Granted it will take years before its big enough to do so, we are really happy with our purchase.

We received it bare root early April. Followed all instructions and got it in ground immediately after soaking the roots for a full day

We're in the northeast area zone 6 so it was still cold most days.

It took until the end of May to start to see life. So a full 2 months. Once it budded it just produced the leaves. No floral buds. I assume because of how long it took to get out of dormancy? I'm not sure. But it's gorgeous. A deep reddish purple leaf that is filling in very nicely. I can't wait to see what it does next spring.

As for growth rate, I can't attest to that as we've only had it a short time.
June 18, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
Growing Zone:
6

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Forest Pansy Redbud


Forest Pansy Redbud Planting Diretions

Choosing a location: The Redbud tree (or "Judas tree") is a lovely harbinger of spring and has been referred to as “a breath of fresh air after a long winter.” What makes the redbud so special is its gift of spring color and its hardy adaptability. The purple pink flowers of the eastern redbud appear all over the tree in early spring and are even produced on the larger trunks. They do well in locations with full sun to partial shade (afternoon shade is best). A soil pH of about 7.5 is recommended as well as well draining soil. Avoid planting in areas that are prone to flooding or that collect standing water. 

Planting Directions

1) Select a site 6 to 8 feet from existing structures and about 3 feet from fences. Clear a 4 to 5 foot radius of any competing plants, weeds or grass. 

2) Redbud roots establish quicker in loosened, aerated soil so spread about 4 inches of compost over the planting site to improve drainage and the soil texture. After digging your planting hole blend compost into the soil to around 1 foot deep and 3 feet in diameter using a shovel and/or spade fork. 

3) Dig a planting hole for the redbud twice as wide as the diameter and as deep as the depth of the root ball. Rub the root system to loosen the outer roots. Fill the hole halfway with the removed soil and top it off with water. Fill it in the rest of the way and water again to settle the soil, using a total of about 15 gallons of water.

4) Spread 3 to 4 inches of mulch over the planting site but be sure it's about 4 inches away from the base of the trunk to prevent fungus and rot. Mulch conserves water in the soil, adds nutrients as it breaks down and aids in weed prevention.

Watering: Watering a newly planted tree depends on things like the amount of rainfall you get in your area, temperatures and what season it is. When trees are newly planted their watering requirements are high but take care, root growth is slow in soil that is too wet or too dry. During the first year make sure to water your tree often enough to keep its soil moist yet not soaked. Pay close attention to your tree during the dry season, so that you can ensure that it receives enough water. Water later in the evening after the heat of the day has subsided. This way, the water will not evaporate immediately and the roots have a good chance at absorbing the moisture.

Pruning: To shape future growth, pruning redbud trees while they’re young is a must. Another reason to prune is to strengthen the connections of the main leaders to the trunk. Pruning helps form U-shaped junctions so the primary limbs can support leaves and flowers. Prune the tree in early summer after the tree is done blooming. Begin by removing any larger lower branches and branches that cross over each other or rub together. Cut off the branches close to the trunk without leaving any stubs. Stubs allow an entrance for disease and pests to enter. If several branches need to be removed, do it over a course of months so that the tree doesn't go into shock of losing so much of its growth. In late winter, prune any dead and diseased wood. Cut out any tiny twigs and branches that have turned brown. Also, cut off any shoots that are coming up from the bottom or out of the trunk.

*Tip: Sterilize your pruning tools with a basic household rubbing alcohol to ensure a healthy cut during pruning.

Fertilizing: In early spring you can apply some compost and/or a complete fertilizer such as 5-10-5 in *granular form. Spread evenly around the root zone of the plant according to the label instructions. This combined with maintaining several inches of organic mulch year round should be sufficient to feed the soil and keep the tree healthy. 

*Granular (or dry fertilizer) is a type of fertilizer, which comes in a dry pelleted form as opposed to spikes, a liquid, or powder.

Early settlers found the blossoms of the redbud a delicious addition to their salads. Early folk healers used the bark to treat common maladies and sometimes even leukemia. Many Native Americans chose the wood of the California redbud for constructing their bows. The sheer springtime beauty of the redbud may be its greatest hold on the American spirit and a wonderful addition of color to any landscape. 


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We had one in SoCAL and loved it, but we moved out of state and could not bring it. We bought another from FGT and it is doing good.
Betty C on Mar 14, 2017
Want to treat the neighbors to this gorgeous eye candy!
SUSAN K on Jul 25, 2016
We had one in SoCAL and loved it, but we moved out of state and could not bring it. We bought another from FGT and it is doing good.
Betty C on Mar 14, 2017
Have redbud trees before but not this one needed to replace tree for small area
Jeanne D on Feb 28, 2017
Want to treat the neighbors to this gorgeous eye candy!
SUSAN K on Jul 25, 2016
Needed a small tree to replace a red maple I bought last fall from another company that died. They would not stand behind their tree was going to have to buy another one so decided to look somewhere else.
Barbara S on Jul 16, 2016
Medium size, changing beautiful colors leaves and safe with this tree's root being near my building.
jim w on Jun 23, 2016
For the spring bloom and fall foliage. Plus it's small enough to have two in our front yard
Jessica W on Mar 26, 2016
Beautiful flowering tree with dark red leaves in spring.
Ronald J on Mar 25, 2016
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Sherri H on Mar 23, 2016
I had bought one of these from a local nursery a few years ago and it is perfect just off our patio. The small local nursery closed and I heard good things about fast growing trees so I tried them.
Mark M on Mar 23, 2016
Want to attract and feed bees
Jennifer B on Dec 21, 2015
It beautiful and a native plant in my area
Charlotte T on Oct 17, 2015
Have redbud trees before but not this one needed to replace tree for small area
Jeanne D on Feb 28, 2017
Needed a small tree to replace a red maple I bought last fall from another company that died. They would not stand behind their tree was going to have to buy another one so decided to look somewhere else.
Barbara S on Jul 16, 2016
How much will this tree grow the first year and then in successive years?
Gwyn G on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growth rate on this tree is moderate meaning it should grow about 13-24" per year.
Do the blooms completely die before the leaves emerge on the Forest Pansy Redbud?
Gail M on Apr 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: On my forest pansy redbud trees in zone 6 the blooms disappear just as the dark red leaves emerge.
the video said that the leaves are green, when the leaves became red?
J Z on May 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Leaves emerge red in spring, changing to dark green in summer with a hint of red in the veins, yellow in fall, though fall color can be variable.
What time of year is best to plant this tree. I live in the Houston, TX area?
Nancy G on Nov 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Now would be a good time for planting in Texas, or early spring/late fall.

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