Cercis canadensis, redbud, is deciduous, multi-trunked tree. The tree displays clusters of rosy-pink flowers in early spring. The redbud flowers are then followed by bean-like dry seedpods, which can remain on the the tree into the winter. The leaves on the tree are a pale yellow to greenish-yellow in the fall. Redbud trees have great multi-season interest and are wonderful in lawns or as a street tree. As they grow, they can tolerate full sun but prefer a little shade as it does best in part shade conditions.
This is one of the first blooms in the spring. It’s such an exciting time to drive and see the purple/pink buds on trees all along the highway. I use this tree a lot in residential settings because it’s a smaller ornamental tree that won’t get so large that it over takes a house. Ring-neck pheasants, quail, goldfinch and cardinals have been seen eating the seeds from redbud. The tree is also a larval host to 12 different Lepidoptera species. ~Lauren
Redbuds are one of my favorites. I love including them in designs. I frequently use them as a specimen tree. They definitely add a romantic element to any garden! ~Chrissie
Suggested Use: Street tree, flowering tree, naturalize
Leaf: Good Fall
Tolerate: Deer, clay soil, black walnut
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)
Cultivar of Cercis canadensis
Cercis canadensis, ‘Forest Pansy,’ is a cultivar of the redbud tree straight species. It displays rose-purple flowers in the early spring before the purple foliage emerges. The flowers are followed by dry seedpods, and in the fall, the leaves turn reddish/purple and orange. Just like the straight species, ‘Forest Pansy’ is a great option for multi-season interest, and it does best in part shade conditions.