Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

Plant of the month: September

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ is a member of the Caesalpiniaceae family and can be found on the American Bank.

This small tree was given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 2002. It’s heart-shaped leaves are a deep red-purple for the autumn, then the leaves turn deeper purple before changing to orange as the season progresses. It will often be multi-stemmed and usually has clusters of small pink pea-like flowers that appear before the leaves emerge in spring.

Fully hardy, this is an easy plant to grow in both sun or part shade, it has no particular soil preference and will respond to hard pruning in late winter. Prune to keep it within the space allocated for it and it will produce bountiful new foliage.