All About Cercis Canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

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Cercis Canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Common Name: Forest pansy

Mature Height: 8 - 10m (approx)

Mature Width: 6 - 8m (approx)

Foliage: Deciduous, broad purple leaf heart-shaped leaves

Flowers: Pink blossoms appear in early spring

Form: Upright, V-shaped

Uses: Feature tree, Shade tree, Specimen tree/ Ornamental trees

Evergreen/ Deciduous: Deciduous tree (loses its leaves in winter)

Tolerates: Most soil types and PH levels, salt, wind. Doesn't like prolonged periods of drought or periods of wet.

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Maintenance: Low

Growth rate: relatively fast-growing

The Cercis Canadensis 'forest pansy' is a deciduous tree that is native to North America. It is a member of the Fabaceae family, which includes legumes such as peas and beans. It is an ideal feature tree to have in gardens due to its low maintenance and its beautiful purple leaves and pink flowers that appear in early spring. In this blog post, we will give you an overview of the main features of the Cercis Canadensis 'forest pansy', as well as some tips on how to care for it. 

Mature Height and Width

The Cercis Canadensis 'forest pansy' typically grows to a height of 8-10 meters and a width of 6-8 meters.

Foliage and Flowers

The leaves of the Cercis Canadensis 'forest pansy' are broad, heart-shaped, and green. They turn yellow in autumn before falling off the tree. The pink blossoms appear in early spring. 


The Cercis Canadensis 'forest pansy' is typically used as a feature tree, shade tree, or specimen tree with its gorgeous coloured leaves. 

Sun and Tolerances

The Cercis Canadensis 'forest pansy' prefers full sun to part shade, and can tolerate most soil types and pH levels. It is salt tolerant and can also tolerate wind. However, it does not like prolonged periods of drought or wetness. 

Maintenance Requirements

This tree is low-maintenance, meaning that it does not require much care or attention. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and does not need to be watered regularly. However, it should be fertilized in late winter or early spring with a balanced fertilizer prior to new growth emerging. Apply according to manufacturer's instructions and avoid getting the fertilizer on the leaves as this may burn them.


Pruning is unnecessary, but you can cut back dead or damaged branches any time of year. To prevent damage to the trunk, do not remove more than one-third of the living branches in any one pruning session.

Planting and care instructions

When planting your Cercis Canadensis 'forest pansy' tree, choose an area of your garden that receives full sun or partial shade. This tree does not like wet, boggy conditions so make sure the soil drains well. If you are planting more than one tree, space them 3-4 metres apart so they have room to grow. 


At Evergreen Trees Direct, we sell Cercis Canadensis - Forest Pansy in a range of different sizes. Please click the image below to view.

 Cercis Canadensis Forest Pansy

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