Eastern Redbud (variety Forest Pansy)
Botanic name:Cercis canadensis "Forest Pansy."
Flowers: Clusters of violet-purple blossoms in early spring, before leaf growth.
Size: To 20 feet.
Form: A flat-topped, low-branching tree. If desired, choose a specimen with a pronounced trunk.
Needs: Does well in rich soils and semi-shady sites, though it will take full sunlight.
Comments: The heart-shape leaves of this variety remain purple into high summer and add drama to an already handsome native tree. Great alternative to the dogwood.