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  • Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree
  • Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Tree
  • 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' more ›
Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
7.5L pot 90-120cm Bush £49.99 (ex. VAT) New batch ready Spring 2018
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
12L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £54.99 (ex. VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth £199.99 (ex. VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
45L pot 200-250cm Multi-stem £219.99 (ex. VAT)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
55L pot approx 3.5-4.5m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth £279.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

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

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.


Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

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