Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mid Spring
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings By air layering
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Jun 2, 2012, BJames1 from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I really like this tree. It is certainly one of the better purple/red/burgundy/maroon-leaved small trees available in commerce. There are major flaws, unfortunately. Every personal experience with this tree has ended in grief. Unless efforts are taken towards developing a structurally sound trunking arrangement, an awkward branching structure will develop resulting in major wind damage. The last tree I had on my property literally split right down the middle during the last big wind storm. I suspect it may have been grafted with the graft resulting in the abnormal development of core branches. Redbuds in general are also quite susceptible to a wide array of diseases with most detrimental to long-term health.
The flowering display is great, and the emerging leaves are a wonderful compliment to the overall effect. It is quite a fast grower once established. Drought tolerance is also a plus. The intensity of the leaves will fade out as the summer progresses, but the color is still very pleasing. There are newer purple-leafed Cercis cultivars emerging in the market that may be worth a look.
On Feb 26, 2010, certified from Moberly, MO wrote:
I love my 'Forest Pansy' redbud. From the stunning color to the beautiful shape, nothing else can compare. My tree is 5 years old, about 15' tall, but I've never noticed it bloom in zone 5a. I'll add acidic mulch to it this year and see if that makes a change.
On Oct 20, 2009, Phyllis_LeBlanc from Vidor, TX wrote:
When I purchased mine the leaves were a beautiful purple. However, after the hurricane blew through it broke the small tree in half but did not break it into. I stood it back up and secured it in hopes it would one day mend it's self. It put out leaves and was carring on with life the way redbuds do, even it laying on the ground on their sides. Well another storm came through and broke the damaged part off of the tree. I felt for sure that it would die, but alas leaves apeared. One problem, the are a deep green, not purple!!!!! How can this be? The leaves are beautiful and healthy, but green! Are these trees grafted? If anyone can enlighten me I would appreciate it, as they are expensive and my heart is sad because I loved this purple tree!
This is an incredible redbud. I've read that Forest Pansy doesn't bloom as well as others, but I'm happy with it. In fact, this year the flowering was very good. The leaves, though, are the main reason to obtain one. They are so beautiful! I would never be without it--it puts the others to shame. One possible problem--the branches seem really weak and will break off with a heavy snow. Perhaps all redbuds are like that, though.
On Oct 19, 2009, cheerpeople from northwest, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I bought this from local seller ( zone 5) that had it semi-protected on the South side of a building. Not sure if it died in my garden due to her chopping the roots off that had grown extensively from the bottom of the pot, or if it is just marginally hardy in zone 5a. Either way- it died, so I'm giving it a neutral rating. I have the common redbud which does just fine for me.
On Oct 19, 2009, tinyard from Baltimore, MD wrote:
This tree was recommended to me by a horticulturist and a landscape architect and named was 'Tree of the Year' soon after. It is beautiful and provides wonderful shade in my tiny yard. It does require regular pruning, as it sprouts new branches, and new branch-lets on those, all summer long. Unlike the more familiar redbuds, the growth is in all directions, creating crossed branches. Because it grows so fast, these need modest pruning during the season AND again before spring to avoid having to cut thick branches to control overall shape. I love this tree in spite of the pruning and tendency to narrow crotches. Sitting beneath it as sunlight turns the leafy canopy to stained glass is magical!
On Jul 6, 2009, 1234singer from New Minas Canada wrote:
I live in a Zone 5 in Nova Scotia, Canada, and my Eastern Redbud is doing very well! Sometimes I notice some broken limbs after winter has passed and spring has arrived, but overall this is my favourite tree on my property. I read that it requires some shelter, but I have an open property with no large trees for a canopy and it has survived!! I thoroughly enjoy looking forward every spring to the colourful flowers followed by the many heart-shaped leaves! A true winner in my eyes!
On Jan 15, 2009, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
We have a serious Japanese Beetle problem here in central Maryland. They are definitely attracted to purple-leaved trees in this area. This variety opens burgundy but then greens out before the beetles arrive and 'Purple Pansy" proceeds through the summer untouched. Color returns for the fall. Large heart-shaped leaves are charming and the vase shape perfectly accommodates a bench underneath.
Slow to plow through the clay layer in Central Maryland, but well worth the wait. Do not cover the graft joint.
On May 20, 2008, JuniorMintKiss from Tremonton, UT (Zone 6a) wrote:
I just barely identified this tree at my place and I'm glad I did because now I can call it something else besides my umbrella tree. ;)
Seriously, this tree is a delight to have. It does extremely well in our sandy soil and the flowers are so delicate and beautiful. Easy to maintain. If I had it my way, I'd have some more...
On Feb 9, 2008, snowleopard77 from Apex, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I planted 2 of these in my garden. They were about 5 ft tall when I bought them and this will be the first year they will bloom so I am waiting to see what they look like and they have grown allot in 1 full season
Here in Seattle, my tree has grown well but the wood is brittle and prone to breaking if we have wet, windy weather. Compounding the problem is how tight the tree crotches grow, holding moisture and causing rot. At 6 years old and approx. 15 feet high, it's been held together with straps and Gorilla Glue for the last two years since splitting in half to a foot about the ground. I would site this tree out of windy areas, and prune for trunk strength as well as to lighten the leaf canopy. Also, fall color varies but most often the leaf color is an ugly maroon-brown with sickly yellow patches.
On Jan 28, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:
Originally found as a seedling in 1947 at Forest Nursery, McMinnville, TN. Spectacular shimmering red-purple foliage loses its intense color by mid summer. Flowers are a more intense rose-purple and a little later blooming than the species. Vigorous grower! The picture posted is of a young tree planted a year and a half ago. It will double in size in just a couple years. Maximum height will reach about 20-30' high.
From Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants:
"One of my favorites for colored foliage and I do not rate too many purple leaf plants among my top 1000"
On May 23, 2005, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This tree can be fairly invasive. I have seedlings coming up in all of my flowerbeds. It has a taproot to China even as a very young tree so if you don't pull first year seedlings they're very difficult to remove. With that said, it is still one of my favorite trees. They are beautiful blooming in the spring, have lovely heart-shaped foliage all summer long and are also host plant to many different species of moth.
On Mar 24, 2005, drdon from Temecula, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
This small tree has been fairly rewarding here. We give the two we have a bit of midday shade under a Southern Magnolia. Leaves have a tendency to burn at the margins during conditions of high winds combined with low humidity. It has shown itself as a sturdy plant even in our extreme summer heat.
On Aug 30, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
A singularly beautiful variety of Redbud, and should be grown more often.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Chino Valley, Arizona Little Rock, Arkansas Castro Valley, California La Jolla, California Redlands, California San Anselmo, California Santa Maria, California Temecula, California Fort Collins, Colorado Rodney Village, Delaware Bartow, Florida Cutler, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Warrington, Florida Clarkesville, Georgia Danielsville, Georgia Chicago, Illinois (2 reports) Westfield, Indiana Overland Park, Kansas Georgetown, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Smiths Grove, Kentucky Gardere, Louisiana Baltimore, Maryland Easton, Maryland Frederick, Maryland West Friendship, Maryland Newtonville, Massachusetts Florence, Mississippi Olive Branch, Mississippi Vicksburg, Mississippi Brunswick, Missouri Moberly, Missouri Dunkirk, New York Apex, North Carolina (2 reports) Burlington, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Fayetteville, North Carolina Highlands, North Carolina Pinehurst, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina River Road, North Carolina Blue Ash, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Mansfield, Ohio Hall Park, Oklahoma Owasso, Oklahoma Beaverton, Oregon Cheshire, Oregon Eagle Point, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania Chevy Chase Heights, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania Schwenksville, Pennsylvania Sans Souci, South Carolina Bulls Gap, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2 reports) Pocahontas, Tennessee Toone, Tennessee Alice, Texas Arlington, Texas Dallas, Texas (2 reports) Houston, Texas (2 reports) Pecan Grove, Texas Rose City, Texas Wixon Valley, Texas Elwood, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Bensley, Virginia Fairfax, Virginia Jolivue, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Norfolk, Virginia Roanoke, Virginia Waverly, Virginia Ahtanum, Washington Bainbridge Island, Washington Edmonds, Washington Mossyrock, Washington Watertown, Wisconsin