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  • Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree
  • Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree
  • Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree
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Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree

North American Redbud Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

This dramatic small tree is one of our most popular Cercis varieties and is grown mostly for its beautiful foliage, although it has rewarding profuse flowering too. The North American Redbud will grow in a bushy, rounded form and boats vibrant, heart-shaped, deep purple foliage throughout spring and summer. New foliage is glossy and a rich ruby red in colour, darkening to plum. These lovely shaped and coloured leaves turn striking shades of orange, red, yellow and purple in the autumn. Some leaves will be translucent and others will seem to reflect the light, resulting in a cornucopia of subtle shades and nuances to draw the eye. Branches are spangled in tiny, deep pink, pea-like flowers ahead of the foliage and hang onto the dark branches through May.

Most soils will be suitable for this attractive small garden tree or shrub as long as they are well drained, for the very best leaf colour plant in an open, sunny position (with as much daylight as possible) and ideally in a position where the sun can backlight the foliage. As a tree, expect a height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years, when grown as a shrub 4 x 4 meters in 20 years. This variety has the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

AKA American Judas Tree, North American redbud shrub, Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Bush Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Bush
7.5L pot 90-120cm Bush £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree
12L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped £54.99 (ex. VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree
45L pot 3.0 - 3.5m Premium Standard Tree approx 10-12cm girth £209.99 (ex. VAT) New batch ready June 2017
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Trees

When planting Cercis trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown redbuds can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Trees

Cercis trees tend to grow with multiple leaders rather than one clear leader. Allow this to occur naturally for the best overall shape. If your redbud tree 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.

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree (North American Redbud Trees) Description

  • Common name: North American redbud tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres (or perhaps a bit less depending on light levels)
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Young red foliage, matures to deep plum and turns orange, red, yellow and purple in autumn
  • Soil: Requires a well-drained site, but tolerates most soil types