Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ is a deciduous shrub or a multi-stemmed small tree. It is also known as Eastern Bud ‘Forest Pansy’, North American Redbud Tree. It is native to North America. This is the state tree of the state of Oklahoma in the United States. It is part of the Fabaceae family of plants. Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ leaves are heart-shaped and they are reddish-purple color turning into more exotic orange, bronze colors in autumn. It flowers in spring before the leaves are completely established with small pea-like bright-pink or magenta-colored flowers that appear in clusters close to the bare branches of the shrub or tree. In fall the seeds hang in pods.
Plant Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ in full sun or partial shade. They prefer moist, fertile, well-drained soil and they don’t respond well to transplanting, so plan the location well. Water it well when you plant it at least for a few months before it is established.
Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ can grow from 4 to 8m or 12 to 25ft. It is a low maintenance plant, but watch out for leafhoppers and scale insects and verticillium wilt or coral spot. Any pruning should be done in early summer. It does attract butterflies, birds, and bees. Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings.