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Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree

North American Redbud Trees
  • From £45 (inc VAT)

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' is one of our most popular Redbud varieties. It's a dramatic small tree grown primarily for the glorious heart-shaped leaves that emerges a glossy, vibrant ruby red. The foliage darken to a rich purple-plum shade for the summer and in autumn it turn striking shades of orange, red, yellow and purple. The autumn sun makes some leaves appear translucent, whilst others reflect light - plant in a position where the sun can backlight the foliage for full effect.

In spring, this North American Redbud can produce clusters of tiny, deep pink, pea-like flowers ahead of the foliage. As a rounded and bushy tree, expect it to grow to a height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years. When grown as a shrub, it will reach 4 x 4 meters. Most well drained soils will be suitable and for the best leaf colour, plant in an open, sunny position. Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' deservedly has the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

AKA North American redbud shrub, American Judas tree

  • Common name: North American Redbud tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Red when young, maturing to deep plum. Orange-red-purple in autumn
  • Soil: Requires a well-drained site, but tolerates most soil types
  • Sun: Prefers full sun but tolerates partial shade

Planting Advice for Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy

Our pot grown Cercis Forest Pansy trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole, that is ideally in a sunny location. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting North American Redbud trees (not bush or multi-stem forms) with a stake and tie kit. For single stakes, place the stake at an angle to avoid penetrating the rootmass and knock it in until it is firm. Use a buckle tie, placing the spacer between the stake and tree.

Aftercare Advice for Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy

If you’re planting North American Redbud in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy

Cercis Forest Pansy trees tend to grow with multiple leaders rather than one clear leader. Allow this to occur naturally for the best overall shape. If your North American Redbud requires hard pruning, you can do this in spring/summer after flowering. Any general pruning to remove badly positioned or damaged branches should be carried out in winter.

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We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Form: bush Size: 40-60cm Root type: 5L pot* Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Price £45 (inc VAT)
bush 40-60cm 5L pot* £45 (inc VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Form: bush Size: 60-90cm Root type: 10L pot* Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Price £70 (inc VAT)
bush 60-90cm 10L pot* £70 (inc VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Form: Single stem tree Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot* Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Price £90 (inc VAT)
Single stem tree 150-200cm 12L pot* £90 (inc VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot* Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Price £325 (inc VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot* £325 (inc VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Form: Multi-stem Size: 200-250cm Root type: 45L pot* Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Price £365 (inc VAT)
Multi-stem 200-250cm 45L pot* £365 (inc VAT)
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Ready by: 31st Aug 2024
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot* Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Price £365 (inc VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot* £365 (inc VAT)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)