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Forest pansy trees are a species of eastern red-bud that grows in forests. Because of the lovely, pansy-like blooms that develop in the spring on the tree (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy,’ it was given this name). Please keep reading to learn more about the Forest Pansy red-bud, including how to care for it.
What are Forest Pansy Trees?
They are small trees with a delicate appearance that are suitable for use in gardens and backyards. Forest pansy red-buds have gorgeous, lustrous heart-shaped leaves that are purple-red in color and grow in dense clusters. As they get older, the color deepens to maroon.
The trees’ most notable feature, however, is the profusion of vividly colored flower blossoms that cover their canopies in the early spring months. These rose-purple, pea-like blossoms are particularly visible since they appear before the leaves of other red-buds, which makes them stand out from the crowd.
The blossoms develop into seed pods as time progresses. They are flat, 2–4 inches in length, and resemble snow peas in appearance.
Planting a Forest Pansy Tree
Forest Pansy Red-bud trees are native to eastern and central North America, where they are known as pansies. Plant hardiness zones 6 through 8 of the United States Department of Agriculture are ideal for them.
If you are considering cultivating a forest pansy tree, it is important to understand how big the tree will grow when it is fully grown. It typically grows to be around 20–30 feet tall (6–9 meters) tall, with horizontal branches that span about 25 feet (7.6 meters) in width.
When you begin cultivating a forest pansy tree, you should take great care in determining where it will be planted. Forest pansy red-buds are difficult to transplant, so be cautious to put them in the proper location.
These trees flourish in soil that is fairly rich and well-drained. If your summers are hot, choose a place with some shade; if your summers are moderate, choose a position with full sun. Full sun and some shade are good places to grow a Forest Pansy red-bud.
Forest Pansy Tree Maintenance
Irrigation is essential in the upkeep of forest pansy trees. However, once the tree’s root system has established itself, it thrives in soil that receives regular and steady precipitation. It will deteriorate if the soil is damp.
It takes minimal effort to maintain the Forest Pansy red-bud, which is a low-maintenance tree. In addition, it is not invasive, and it can withstand deer, clay soil, and drought. Hummingbirds are drawn to the blooms of this plant.
Pruning of Forest Pansy Trees
The most difficult task will be trimming your red-bud tree over the first few years after it has been established, until it becomes too large for you to safely do the task yourself, at which time you will need to engage a qualified arborist. Until then, if you know what you’re doing, it’s a simple job.
There are a few things that the red-bud is prone to doing that make it more prone to breaking. It will want to develop several leaders that will form deep junctures where branches connect. One of the most effective approaches is to trim them away from the trunk so that only crossings form gentle, gradual connections. You want to make or build branch junctions that use U shapes and not Y or V shapes.
The innate weakness of red-bud wood means that you are doing all you can to construct a structure that will prevent wind, snow, dampness, or gravity from increasing the likelihood that some limb damage will occur. If you have limb damage, be careful to clean the broken limb and remove any dead branches as soon as possible to avoid future harm to the tree and your property.
Affected Pests and Diseases
However, if you have any limb damage on your forest pansy red-bud tree, it is possible that it may become vulnerable to disease or insect infestation. Most of the diseases that affect healthy trees will be found in trees that live in wet or poorly draining places.
Canker is the most common problem that red-buds encounter when they are injured. Because the fungus penetrates via wounds or dead and decaying branches, it is critical to prune trees as soon as possible. Due to the lack of chemical control for canker, it is recommended that you trim and burn dead branches.