May 2005
'Forest Pansy' Redbud
Three trees on the grounds of St. Francis Cathedral, Metuchen

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Facts at a Glance
Cercis canadensis-
'Forest Pansy'

Planted Fall 2003
Planting height: 5'
Planting trunk: 1" (multi)

2006 Update
3-yr height: 13'
3-yr trunk: 3"

Mature Height: 20 to 30'
Spread: 15 to 25'
Growth rate: Fast
Form: Irregular, graceful
Flowers: Purple
Fall color: Yellow
Hardiness zone: 6 - 8
Culture: Partial shade

Best feature:
purple flowers

Worst problem:
needs regular pruning

Do over? Yes

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Thinking Ahead to Fall?

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Forest Pansy Redbud

FOREST PANSY REDBUD JOURNAL

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver

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June 20, 2006
This tree is a rainbow of colors all season long.
 
   

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June 17, 2006
Leaves in mostly shade
have now turned mostly green.

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April 2005
The flowers of the Forest Pansy redbud
pop right out of the bark.
May 27, 2006
(Left) The leaves are full and dark, especially in the evening light, augmented by landscape lighting.

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April 30, 2006
Once the flowers have popped, the tree takes on an overall purplish color.


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April 2, 2006
The flowers of the Forest Pansy redbud pop right out of the bark.

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April 12, 2006

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Same bud, April 19

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April 25

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April 19
A bud near the top of the tree.
These trees are pruned regularly, hence, the chopped branch end.

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April 25, 2006
The St. Francis redbuds in full bloom,
as seen from the courtyard at Borough Hall.

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April 29, 2006
With delicate leaves.

After the flowers, leaves emerge red,
then turn dark green as they grow through the summer.

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April 2005

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May 2005

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July 2004

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November 2005
In fall, they turn clear yellow. Positioned next to a busy sidewalk, these trees are regularly pruned.

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May 11, 2005
Tiny red leaves on zigzag twigs -- telltale sign of a Forest Pansy redbud tree in spring.

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May 21, 2005
In just 11 days, the leaves have tripled in size..

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Fall 2005
By November, the leaves have had quite a life.

   
   

May 11, 2005

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Three trees, many reds, and already a hint of green in the veins.

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May 21, 2005
Leaves in shadier spots are making the change to green faster than leaves in sun.

   
   

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Nov. 11, 2005
Studying the leaves up close reveals an interesting
pattern of change to yellow.

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July 2004
The leaves grow quite large by midsummer . . .

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. . . making this garden a cool and shady spot to rest.

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And I am comforted knowing that Mary and Jesus are here . . .

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. . . watching.

 


See the Forest Pansy Redbud Growth Chart
For Julie's detailed comments, see the Forest Pansy Redbud fact page
See also the Eastern Redbud in Heidi's yard
Read the latest Tree Grower's Diary blog entry


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