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Eastern Redbud (variety Forest Pansy)

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page GZ49

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.

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