Forest Pansy Redbud

Product Description

Unique in its shape and color, this delightful Forest Pansy Redbud tree will add a striking, almost whimsical appeal to your landscape design.

The purple flowering tree is a fully leaved cultivar of the Missouri-native redbud tree. It is a small, deciduous tree featuring a spreading, flat-to-rounded crown, and can eventually grow to 20-30 feet high.

The Forest pansy redbud tree’s clusters of tiny, rosy purple pea-like pink flowers grow profusely on the branches and mature trunks of the planted tree for 2-3 weeks in the early spring growing season.  Then the heart shaped leaves and foliage emerges. The blooms are a more intense rose-purple than common eastern redbud.

The new foliage on this small to medium sized tree emerges red-purple, eventually fading to a purplish-green later in the season. The flowering tree’s purple leaves turn pale yellow to greenish-yellow in fall, providing nearly year round interest with mesmerizing fall color.

Forest Pansy Care

This landscape tree prefers well drained soil but can thrive in a variety of soil types. It grows best in full sun to part shade and requires a lot of watering the first year to establish a strong root system.

Forest Pansy Redbud trees are great small trees to put in your naturalized landscape where you don’t have the most room because they don’t take up too much space.

Forest pansy redbud tree problems include a few pests and diseases. Verticillium wilt is a fungal disease that sometimes attacks and kills purple redbud trees. An annual application of slow release fertilizer should help protect against any diseases or problems.

We ship these Cercis canadensis forest pansy trees rooted in soil in their pots. We do not ship them bare root to give them the best chance at flourishing. If you are looking where to buy the Forest Pansy redbud then look no further! These trees grow across the United States in USDA growing zones 5-9.

Shop the Forest Pansy Tree for sale. The rosy pink flowers and purple foliage are sure to turn heads in your landscape or front yard!

Botanical Name

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Purple, Green
Mature Height 20-30 ft
Mature Width 25-35 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Attractive purple foliage
  • Pink flowers
  • Fall color
  • Shade tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your Forest Pansy Redbud order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Forest Pansy is adaptable to most average soil types. It is tolerant of reasonable drought or slightly soggy soils, although well-drained, moist soil is ideal for growth. It should be watered regularly until established. The Forest Pansy does well in part sun or part shade, but afternoon shade during the heat of summer especially in Southern climates is appreciated.

Pruning is necessary to avoid weak structure. Remove any branches greater than ½ the diameter of the main trunk and those that form strong V-shaped angles, as these are more likely to break. Prune during winter dormancy to control size and shape, prune as soon as flowers fade to promote further flowering and growth.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Forest Pansy Redbud, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. B Winslow

    Beautiful tree, very tall, arrived in excellent condition. Completely recommend

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  2. Marty

    they made this purchase painless. prices and customer service were great. they shipped quickly and tree arrived in great condition.

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  3. Karen W. (verified owner)

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    The leaves fell off on arrival, which I expected. I am waiting for new ones to appear, but the tree seems healthy.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      We hope your forest pansy redbud bounced back! Please contact us if this is not the case!

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