Cercis - - Semi-mature and mature Cercis candensis 'Forest Pansy'

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Cercis candensis 'Forest Pansy' - Eastern Redbud

 

Family:

Fabaceae

Origins:

North America & Canada

Plant Type:

Small tree

Size:

5m x 5m

Habit/ Form:

Open and low branching, forming a flat-topped canopy. The young branches have a distinct 'zigzag' habit.

Leaves:

Large heart-shaped leaves open up in spring to a brilliant eye-catching shade of reddish-purple with a velvety-satin appearance, deepening to purplish-black then fading to purplish-green in summer. Generally exhibits brilliant yellow to orange autumn colours.

Flowers:

Masses of small, pink, 'pea'-like flowers borne in groups along the branches before the leaves appear in spring.

Fruit:

Pods 50-80 mm long in their native habitat. Not observed in Australia to date.

Bark / Trunk:

Dark reddish-brown, becoming rougher and greyer with age.

Vigour / Longevity:

Hardy.

Environmental Requirements:

Needs full sun for best foliage colour. Avoid hot, exposed and windy sites.

Hardiness:

Tolerates frost and cold temperatures, but not exposed windy sites.

Soil / Drainage:

Prefers a moist, deep, well-drained fertile soil, can be acid or alkaline.

Pruning:

Prune to preferred shape.

Watering:

Water well in summer and mulch well. Easily stressed and does not tolerate prolonged dry or extreme wet.

Fertilising:

Use a complete slow release fertiliser during the growing season till established.

Pests / Diseases:

Nothing known.

Uses:

A superb small tree that is a popular choice for a landscapes where a colourful, elegant, purple-leafed tree is required. This tree is easily adapted as a multi-stemmed or central leader tree depending on requirements. Ideal for small areas, has become highly sought-after in recent years.

 

 

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