The Ever-Changing Forest Pansy

Plants are obviously our passion, so we’re keen to share some of our favourites and a tip or two on how to get the best out of yours.
We’ve decided to start the ball rolling with a plant prominent in our recent Camberwell project – the Forest Pansy tree (Cercis Canadensis).
This superb small tree is an excellent choice for a landscape design where a colourful, elegant, purple-leafed look is required. Large heart-shaped leaves open up in spring to a brilliant eye-catching shade of reddish-purple with a velvety-satin appearance, deepening to purplish-black then fading to purplish-green in summer. Generally showcasing brilliant yellow to orange colours in autumn. The branches have a distinctive, smooth dark brown wood. The wood has a distinctive contrast with the blossom like pink flowers that are borne before the re-emergence of reddish-purple leaves in spring.
This tree typically grows to five meters and is effective when planted as a group or as a focus stand alone tree. Forest Pansy trees are ideal for small gardens and courtyards. They also work well in a larger garden design as interesting foliage, featuring stunning spring flowers and commanding shade when fully mature.
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Forest Pansy trees were chosen primarily in our Camberwell project due to their striking colour. The garden design was calling for a statement in the front entrance and breaking away from the traditional garden ‘greenery’ was certainly a way to achieve that goal. We planted three trees next to each other to create a shady canopy when fully grown. The contrast with the light gravel adds to the overall impact of these magnificent trees. We adore the seasonal changes of the Forest Pansy – a constant performer, it’s hard to imagine a garden without at least one!
For more images, visit Camberwell Project 2 in our gallery.