Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ is a dramatic deciduous shrub with large heart-shaped deep wine-red leaves during spring and summer that take on an ethereal quality as they begin to fade, finally turning yellow in autumn.

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

It’s important to think carefully about placement to make the most of the light quality at this time of year. Plant so that the low autumn sun catches the leaves from behind for the most striking effect and team with late flowering perennials and grasses whose buff tones will provide a contrast to the dark foliage.

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ is slow growing and although it will ultimately form a large shrub or small tree, reaching a height of 8-12m and a spread of 8m, it will take around 20-50 years to reach maturity. This makes it an ideal specimen for a focal point position in smaller gardens.