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Anyone tried a Redbud 'Forest Pansy' in Minnesota?

Posted by crocosmia_mn z4 (My Page) on
Thu, May 14, 09 at 13:12

Some sources say zone 5, some say zone 6.
Some sources say full sun, some say part shade.
Some sources say great for the boulevard, others say not.

I love this tree and would go to quite a bit of trouble to protect it over the winter --- how do you DO that with a small tree? One idea I've considered is to leave it in its pot and plant it out in the open all season, and then dig it up and plant it close to the house for the winter. I already do this for certain zone 5 or 6 perennials I must have.

It apparently has a long taproot and does not like to be transplanted, so I'd like to put it in the best possible spot.

I know it can get to be 15-20 feet tall, but how quickly?

By the way, I HAVE the tree and it was very cheap, so I am willing to take chances with it.

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RE: Anyone tried a Redbud 'Forest Pansy' in Minnesota?

I have the U of M version of Redbud, it is doing well, don't really know about the "Forest Pansy" variety. I put mine on the east side of the house, sheltered between my house and my neighbors house. That is all the protection I give it...I have had it for 4 years now...don't know if that is help at all.


RE: Anyone tried a Redbud 'Forest Pansy' in Minnesota?

I don't think it will be perfectly hardy for you there, but I'd grow it as a root hardy SHRUB than expecting a tree.

Let the winter cold kill back the trunk to the snowline or ground each year and let it rejuvenate as a multi-stemmed shrub. Kind of like a coppiced shrub.

You want it for the purple-burgundy foliage, so new grow/leaves is what you want anyways, right?

I like this link source, but I'm surprised to see it listed as zone 3. This must be a reference for zone 3 Maine, not Minnesota/Manitoba!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Forest Pansy

RE: Anyone tried a Redbud 'Forest Pansy' in Minnesota?

Thanks! So I would cut it almost to the ground in early spring, the way I do my Cotinus? If this works, it's great because I really wanted a shrub anyway!

RE: Anyone tried a Redbud 'Forest Pansy' in Minnesota?

I would check the plant to see if the plant was budded. If so, coming back from the roots or below the graft will yield a different plant.

RE: Anyone tried a Redbud 'Forest Pansy' in Minnesota?

I know one gardener who has it and it died the winter after it was planted.

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