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Hi - looking for help and advice for my tree pansy. It's a lovely tree that I've had for years, it flowered in the spring; subsequently, the purple leaves started to grow but then they all shrivelled up. Can the tree be saved and how please? Thanks


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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,922
    What is its proper name, I do not recognise Tree Pansy?
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,280
    I suspect it's Cercis canadensis ......https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/95578/cercis-canadensis-forest-pansy/details

    I wonder if it suffered in the prolonged dry spring this year.  
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,922
    That makes sense @Dovefromabove.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • sobes74sobes74 Posts: 5
    Thanks @Dovefromabove and @punkdoc. What can I do to save the tree?
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,922
    The only thing to try is frequent heavy watering, two can fulls a week, but it may be too late.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • sobes74sobes74 Posts: 5
    @punkdoc - will try watering. If too late, will it come back to life next year?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,280
    Not if it’s dead. 😢 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • sobes74sobes74 Posts: 5
    How do i know if its dead? Should I prune it?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,280
    Scrape the bark on the trunk gently with your thumb nail. If there’s a thin green layer just below the surface then there’s some life in the trunk at least. 

    If that’s the case I would water as @punkdoc advises … wait until there’s signs of life before pruning … you won’t know until then which branches have some life in them. 

    Don’t feed at the moment … just water and plenty of it from now until the end of September. 🤞 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Kate 7Kate 7 Posts: 308
    Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'.
    Looks beyond watering to me. But they do tolerate heavy pruning so you could try cutting hard back, by about 2/3. Hope it will regenerate.
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