Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20-30 feet
Plant Spread: 25-35 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Other: Heart-shaped leaves open bright reddish-purple and gradually mature to a more muted purple (or purplish green in hot summer climates). Fall color is variable, but often includes attractive shades of reddish-purple and orange.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Rosy pink
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Pendulous, flat, bean-like, 2-4" long seed pods resembling snow peas appear in late spring after flowering.
Pollinators: Bees
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2002 Georgia Gold Medal Winner
Child plants: one child plant

Started from small seedling

February Plants for Honey BeesFebruary Plants for Honey Bees
February 28, 2012

February is here! Hopefully the old groundhog didn't see his shadow and spring will be here sooner than later. Longer days and warmer temperatures will have the honey bees buzzing everywhere looking for food to feed their hungry babies.

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Location: Back gardenDate: 2018-06-09Started from small seedling
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Location: GardenDate: 2018-06-09
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Location: Lexington, VADate: May, 2006Young tree in the landscape
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Location: Lexington, VADate: JuneOutstanding foliage in early summer
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Location: Iowa
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Date: 2018-06-09
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Location: TenneseeDate: 3-31-2011
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Location: TennesseeDate: 2014-04-13
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Location: IDEA Garden, Tyler, TexasDate: 2014-05-03
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Location: IDEA Garden, Tyler, TexasDate: 2014-05-03
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Location: TennesseeDate: 2014-06-05
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Location: Clarksville, TNDate: 2017-05-27
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 9/20/2011One year in ground from 5 gallon container
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Location: My GardenDate: 2014-04-26
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Location: My GardenDate: 2014-04-26
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Location: Northwest NJDate: 2017-07-21
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-02maturing tree in summer
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Comments:
Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 31, 2012 1:41 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 3, 2012 7:01 AM

If rainfall is lacking, follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment.

Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Pruning time is in winter.

This tree is beautiful and offers four seasons of change. It's smaller stature allows it to be planted where others may not fit.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 23, 2019 8:44 AM

This cultivar has become popular in the last two decades because it has red-purple leaves that are very bright in the spring and early summer. During the heat of the rest of summer it loses most of that colour and the foliage turns green with a tint of reddish. This loss of red foliar colour during the heat of summer is something that happens with just about all such mutations with extra anthocyanin pigments. Those pigments cause red to purple fall colour with the sunny, warm days and cool nights of autumn. The tree shows a more purplish-red leaf colour once again in late summer and early fall.

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