The bright purple leaved foliage of Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy
The bright purple leaved foliage of Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy
Judas tree Forest Pansy
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Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy

Eastern Redbud Forest Pansy, Judas tree Forest Pansy

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

Cercis canadensis Forest Pansy is a purple leaved version of the popular Judas tree, or Eastern Redbud, which is native to Canada and Eastern USA.

Distinctively, like all Cercis species, this attractive specimen tree produces bright pink flower straight from the wood in the spring time, which is intriguing.  The leaves are heart shaped and emerge a deep purple in the spring, sometimes coinciding with, sometimes after, the display of flower.  In the autumn the leaves take on luminescent red tones as they begin to shut down for winter.

Cercis Canadensis Forest Pansy does best in free draining soils and can be slow to root into the ground, so take care to ensure that stakes or securing systems stay in place for at least the first 3 years after planting.

This Eastern Redbud Forest Pansy forms a rounded crown at maturity and can be produced as a multi-stem bush or single trunk standard; we have both available at Barcham.  It is best planted in gardens which are South facing with a sunny aspect, as not only does this ensure the leaves retain their bright purple colour for the longest period possible, it also ensures the tree is in a position to make the most of the hot temperatures; it produces its best growth in warmer summers.

Like all purple leaved trees, this specimen will draw your eye to it instantly in a planting scheme and therefore this round headed beauty is best planted towards the back of a collection.  Purple tends to draw the eye to it, limiting appreciation of trees and plants past this point, thus be careful to plant at the farthest point suitable and incorporate other green tones to act as contrast.

Mature Height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.