The Forest Pansy Redbud Tree is the perfect alternative to a purple leaf plum tree. When this redbud tree flowers in the early spring you'll agree that no other tree produces the flower display that a redbud tree does. The dark maroon colored leaves do not burn in the heat of the summer and the rosy-pink flowers appear early in the spring often blooming with the forsythia.
Forest Pansy Redbud Tree is a beautiful small tree that is known for the brilliant scarlet-purple color of the new foliage which matures to a deep maroon color. The Rosy-pink flowers are formed all along the branches before the leaves emerge.
All around a pest-free tree.
Perfect for smaller landscape projects.
Its maroon-red foliage makes for a great break from the common green foliage.
Tolerates moist soil and full sun. Full sun brings out the best fall color. Will adapt to drier sites
Frequently Asked questions
How do I water Forest Pansy Redbud Tree?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Forest Pansy Redbud Tree a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator Bags can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long row of trees.
How do I fertilize a Forest Pansy Redbud Tree?
Native trees such as the Forest Pansy Redbud Tree grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize the Forest Pansy Redbud Tree again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Forest Pansy Redbud Tree. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect. If chemical fertilizers are used on your Redbud Tree, applying a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once a year is probably the simplest solution. There are many slow-release fertilizers on the market. If you can find a fertilizer formulated for shrubs and trees, this fertilizer would work well on Forest Pansy Redbud Tree.
How do I mulch my Forest Pansy Redbud Tree?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Forest Pansy Redbud Tree with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.
How do I prune my Forest Pansy Redbud Tree?
In general gardening terms, pruning is probably the most misunderstood gardening chore, and certainly, the chore that is most likely neglected. When we specifically look at pruning with regards to Forest Pansy Redbud Tree, this misunderstanding and negligence can be magnified. Pruning has been described as a “combination of art and science.” I find pruning to be one of the most relaxing yet rewarding chores in the garden. Pruning a specific plant to look a specific way, involves art in creating a unique definition for a specific plant, and it involves science in understanding the physical growing habits of the plant to be pruned. The most important reason for pruning tree is to improve the overall health of the plant which in turn will reward you with a abundance of shades. Many times, trees that have not been pruned in a few years will develop dead or degenerative twigs. Removing the dead and dying limbs will minimize the possibility of diseases such as “dieback” and will also allow the plant to re-concentrate its energies and produce flowers. It is important to always use sharp tools when pruning Forest Pansy Redbud Tree or any plant for that matter. Knives, hand cutters, saws, and shears should be sharpened if necessary before pruning any plant. A sharp cut will heal quicker than a jagged cut, which will also minimize the likelihood of disease investing a cut during pruning. It is generally recommended to not use power equipment such as gas hedgers to prune trees. Pruning large Forest Pansy Redbud Tree may be minor or major. Its general purpose is to maintain or restore vigor to the plant. Large Forest Pansy Redbud Trees that have been severely pruned have the advantage of a large root system that has excessive capacity, and its roots are capable of supplying all of its energies to a smaller number of branches and foliage. This enables the plant to increase its vigor, and become healthier. Pruning large Redbud Trees that are well established will enable the plant to have continued vigor, and lead to many more years of supplying beauty to the landscape. Remember once your Merlot Redbud Tree is becoming large and mature it may be best to let a professional arborist do the pruning.