Forest Pansy Redbud - single stem
There is perhaps no better patio tree than Forest Pansy Redbud. The branches of this small, vase-shaped tree will arch over your outdoor seating area, creating an intimate, shady space in which to enjoy a meal al fresco or just sit and unwind. Look at the “ceiling” above and you’ll see the bold burgundy leaves that make Forest Pansy Redbud so special. In spring, before the leaves emerge, you’ll see delicate lavender-pink flowers lining the branches instead—and you can reach up and grab a few for your salad! This is also a choice tree to show off in the front yard landscaping of your home, where it will add rich color and instant curb appeal.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Spacing: 20-25'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Redbud is a common sight in the Eastern U.S. Being native, it has played a role in American life since there were people here to enjoy it. Native Americans and English colonists used to eat the spring flowers (what a pretty salad that would be!). George Washington planted Redbuds at Mt. Vernon. Forest Pansy was discovered in 1947 in Tennessee at the nursery of Hiram B. Stubblefield (there’s a British children’s book character in there somewhere). It was named ‘Forest’ for Forest Nursery and ‘Pansy’ for its pansy-shaped, violet-colored leaves.
Some call it Redbud, some call it Cercis, but I prefer Forest Pansy. This tree is beautifully vase-shaped, just like my Great-Aunt Nancy! Pea-like flowers of purply pink, bloom along branches in spring. Leaves form in the shape of a heart, just makin' the season sing! The leaves are a vibrant purple, lasting all season long. Plant this native selection now, how could you go wrong?
How to Grow
Forest Pansy Redbuds are beautiful woodland-like trees and they are incredibly easy to grow. This is the only tree that flowers on their bark. This means that the vibrant pinkish-purple blooms will appear on their trunk as well as on their branches. They bloom in April and their floral display is like no other flowering tree! In some instances of extreme winters they will get tip dieback. Do not get discouraged! Just be patient – the tree will bloom and leaves will appear in May. Forest Pansy Redbuds will tolerate sun – this also helps the Forest Pansy to keep its burgundy foliage color. They require keeping the soil moist (not too wet) after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities. Redbuds like fertilizer! During fall, give your Redbud a high rate dose of fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years. Forest Pansy Redbuds also have no major insect or disease problems – and that’s always a plus! Redbuds occasionally sprout “suckers” around the base of the tree, as they appear be sure to prune them off. But when it comes to pruning the branches of your Redbud – don’t be afraid! They are so easy to prune – prune to whatever shape you like. If you don’t want to touch it – that’s fine. If you want to cut everything off except two branches that look like rabbit ears – that’s fine too (although you might get some weird looks from the neighbors – and your family).
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Size A Trees:
5-6' tall and grown in our #7 tree container. These trees will already have the makings of a beautiful redbud and you can enjoy the show right away. May require staking at this size.
Size B Trees:
6-8' tall and 6' wide at shipping time with fully developed branching. Stem caliper 1 - 1 1/2". Bower & Branch Forest Pansy are delivered with great structure and fully developed branching. Pick up truck required for sure.
Size C Trees:
8-10’ tall. This tree will not fit in your car. It has a stem caliper over 2” and is sold in our #25 tree container. Very wide branching, full formed and well structured.
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