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Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Untitled, or The Entry Wherein Yarddawg References Yankees, Jesus, and Morphing

Meet Cercis Canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, commonly called Forest Pansy Redbud by the rest of us earthlings.

This very Buena Vista tree was snapped off at ground level by a Forsyth County Frog Strangler (summer thunderstorm for any Yankees reading this) in 2008. Originally a single trunk specimen, several weeks later it re-sprouted as a multi-trunk tree when it came back. As legend goes, this family of trees also goes by the name of Judas Tree because Judas Iscariot hanged himself on one after betraying Jesus.

Forest Pansy distinguishes itself from other redbuds because its rosy pink, purplish blooms are followed by brilliant, shiny, heart shaped, burgundy leaves in early spring. As the temperature rises in summer the leaves morph into mostly green tinged with burgundy. Fall color is variable and usually includes attractive shades of reddish-purple and yellowish-orange. The redbud family of trees is a US native understory tree typically reaching 20’-30’. Perfect for locating under the far edge of the large oaks and maples found here in Forsyth County.

Any Redbud is a worthy addition to our garden addiction. Go get you one and enjoy this superb native tree. Available locally.
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