Isn't this color just gorgeous? The best thing about it is that, unless the tree is in full sun, which it really wouldn't like anyway, the color hold pretty well and all new growth is the lovely deep purple. Flowers are the same as the species. Tree size is about the same too, so having 'ungreen' leaves doesn't seem to be a problem nutrition-wise. We have several of these scattered around the gardens and people always seem to notice them. Easy to grow and they provide a nice quick shade for perennials like hostas and pulmonaria if your garden has too much sun. The shape is good for underplanting too as it will quickly resemble a sort of shade umbrella. Two more Redbuds to go, then I think I'll write a bit on Latin names in the garden and why they are the way they are; not so much how they are named, but how you can tell just what the endings should be. It will be a quick primer for those who never studied Latin, which would have been me 10 years ago. Now, having those years of Latin study under my belt, the lack of uniformity and just plain incorrectness in the use of Latin sometimes gets downright annoying. But as I said, 2 more Redbuds before the Latin rant. Hopefully it will be informative.