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.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: west of Furmann Hall (both an older and younger tree).
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  • plant habit, spring flowering

    plant habit, spring flowering

  • opening flowers

    opening flowers

  • plant habit, after flowering

    plant habit, after flowering

  • expanding leaves

    expanding leaves

  • plant habit, summer

    plant habit, summer

  • leaves, summer

    leaves, summer

  • leaves, later in summer

    leaves, later in summer

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • leaves, fall

    leaves, fall

  • leaves, fall

    leaves, fall