Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
Common name: 
Forest Pansy Redbud
SER-sis kan-a-DEN-sis
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous tree, 20 ft (6 m) tall and 25 ft (7.6 m) wide, spreading, horizontally tiered reddish branches.  Leaves simple, alternate, glossy red-purple when young, more maroon as they mature, becoming purple-green or even dark green in summer (see below), similar to species type in size and shape (i.e., 7.5-13 cm across, heart-shaped, conspicuous swelling just below blade).  Fall color may be a mixture of green, red, and orange. Small (13 mm) rosy-purple flowers in spring before leaves appear.  Fruit (pods) 6-8 cm long, reddish than brown.
  • Sun
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (4)5         Originated as a seedling at Forest Nursery, McMinnville, Tennessee.
  • In western Oregon the purplish-maroon leaf color may be maintained until late July or early August, whereas in some warmer areas of the country, such as the Southeast and southern Plains States, the intense purplish color may be lost by the end of May.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: west of Furmann Hall (both an older and younger tree).
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    opening flowers

  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

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    plant habit, after flowering

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    expanding leaves

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    plant habit, summer

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    leaves, summer

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    leaves, late summer

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    plant habit, early fall

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    plant habit, fall

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    plant habit, late fall

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    leaves, fall

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    leaf, fall