SelecTree: Tree Detail
PURPLE LEAF EASTERN REDBUD
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Photo Locations: BioPark Botanic Garden - Albuquerque, NM, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, San Marcos Growers - Santa Barbara, CA, Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT and Quail Arboretum - Encinitas, CA
Unusual purple foliage with heart-shaped leaves. Requires regular watering.
Native to Eastern and central US.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 - 30 feet.
Width: 20 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Round, Light Green, Bronze or Purple, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Purple or Red. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown, Purple or Mostly Green Pod, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Black, Dark Brown or Red Brown, Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Caterpillars, Anthracnose, Crown Rot, Oak Root Rot, Phytophthora, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 23, 2018.
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