The leaves are still fresh on my 'Forest Pansy' Redbud but you can already see why I picked it as a focal point for our arbor project. My idea was to place the beautiful purple foliage of the redbud where you can view it through the arbor. That can't be done from all perspectives but as the tree grows larger it will cover a portion of the pathway and will be seen from the front yard offering a focal point for those who wander down the garden path. In a way it will parallel the Japanese Maple near the arbor. It might even turn into a nice place for a bench, but that's a project for another day! Redbuds grow very well in Tennessee and range all over the state but are especially beautiful on the Cumberland Plateau. Just travel along I-40 in the spring time when the redbuds are blooming and you will see what I mean.
Redbud Growing Info:
Redbuds are zone 6-8 trees that grow around 15-20 feet wide and have a height up to 30 feet. They are actually members of the bean and pea family (Leguminosae). Redbuds tend to grow as understory trees and have long spreading roots which make transplanting difficult.
I can't wait to see this tree grow. It was one of only a couple 'Forest Pansy' redbuds available at the store when we bought it.
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.