Forest Pansy Redbud

Product Description

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

The Forest Pansy is a purple-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 flowering tree’s clusters of tiny, rose to purple pea-like flowers grow profusely on the branches and mature trunks for 2-3 weeks in early spring before the foliage emerges. The blooms are a more intense rose-purple than common redbud.

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

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.

upside down test

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!

2 reviews for Forest Pansy Redbud

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    B Winslow

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

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


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

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