Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ Redbud

by Bella Rum

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ Redbud

There were a couple of comments about the ‘forest pansy’ redbud in the previous post. I thought I’d share a little info about it and guess what I stumbled across? While looking for the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, I came across an article at WVU about the new USDA zone map and the adjustments in temperatures in West Virginia and across the nation.

“We’re seeing a slight shifting to the north as far as temperatures are concerned,” Porter, the county’s agriculture and natural resources agent, said. “These shifts are nationwide and do affect areas of the state that were near the old zone map borders.”

Source: WVU

That led me to another article on the USDA website that said…

Compared to the 1990 version, zone boundaries in this edition of the map have shifted in many areas. The new map is generally one 5-degree Fahrenheit half-zone warmer than the previous map throughout much of the United States.

Source: USDA

So there will be new selections for your garden. Certain plants that wouldn’t previously have survived in your zone may thrive now. It’s recommended that we try things slowly and watch their progress; don’t spend a lot on new plants at first.

The new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map has an interactive-GIS map that allows the viewer to “click” down in scale to one-half mile. It also features a “ZIP code finder” that provides the plant hardiness zone for all U.S. ZIP codes. If you’re a gardener, you’ll love that.

Back to my ‘forest pansy’ redbud. You can find information about it here. Redbuds are Oklahoma’s state tree, but they are also native to Virginia.  They will thrive in zones 5 to 9.

They volunteer all over the place around here. When spring arrives, they enchant Virginians as we drive down the interstate or just around the corner in our own neighborhoods. The woodlands, hillsides and front yards are graced with their pink and purple blooms. It’s a sight to behold.They are commonly known as the eastern redbud. The blooms are pink when they first appear and turn purple as they open. They have heart-shaped red/plum-colored leaves that turn green as summer progresses and yellow in fall.  They are a member of the legume family. They used to bloom in April in Virginia, but now they bloom in March as do our beautiful dogwoods. There is quite a show around here when the white blossoms of the dogwoods and the pink and purple of the redbuds start bursting.

I know that spring is beautiful everywhere, but I guess we always love our own backyard most, and aren’t we lucky for that.

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