©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services
Form -Deciduous. Slow to moderate growth to 20' and as wide.
Trunk -Smooth pale gray bark. Tendency to multitrunk.
Foliage -Leaves are blue green, 2 to 3 1/2" wide and distinctly notched, or heart shaped at base and round or slightly notched at apex. Twigs and leaf edges reddish when young. Fall coloring is light yellow.
Flowers/fruit -Brilliant display of magenta pea-like flowers, 1/2" long, in spring before the leaves, borne in small clusters on the older wood. Fruits develop in summer. Newly formed seedpods, 1 1/2 to 3" long and 1/2 to 5/8" wide, are also magenta turning reddish brown and held through the winter.
Cultivars -'Forest Pansy' and 'Oklahoma' and others provide variations of leaf and flower color, bloom times, and form.
No significant pest problems are known at this time.
Sunset zones: 1 - 3, 7 - 20. Needs low winter temperatures for heaviest flower production.
Clearances- Suitable for 3' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts. Suitable under utility lines.
Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.
Available in single or multitrunk. Tolerates drought once established. Prefers deep soil with good drainage. Tolerates clay soil.