Forest Pansy is a popular small Cercis, usually reaching only around 2m by 2m, and therefore a good choice for bringing colour to a small space.
In spring it features a mass of small pansy-like flowers, with purple, mauve and pink hues, borne on bare branches ahead of the leaves - from a distance this intense display of colour can easily be mistaken for a flowering cherry.
Blooming is a week or so later than is usual for other varieties of the species Cercis canadensis.
The main attraction is undoubtedly the relatively large heart-shaped leaves. As is often the case with Cercis trees they are inherently multi-coloured, emerging with red burgundy hues and becoming purple/red as they mature. In autumn they take on purple, red and yellow hues.
Forest Pansy will often become multi-stemmed over time.
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Forest Pansy was found in Tennessee in the 1940s, and is popular with plant breeders on account of its colourful purple foliage. The trait for purple leaves in Cercis canadensis is recessive, so not easily inherited, and therefore a rare and desirable characteristic.
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
Approximate girth: 6/8cm.
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.