Merlot Redbud Tree

Cercis x 'Merlot' Plant Patent #22,297

Merlot Redbud tree is the perfect replacement for a purple leaf plum tree. When they flower in the early spring you'll agree that no other tree produces the flower display that Merlot redbud does. The dark Wine colored leaves do not burn in the heat of the summer.

Growzone: 6-9

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This Plants Growzone: 6-9
Growing Zone: 6-9
Mature Height: 12 to 15 feet
Mature Width: 12 to 15 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous flowering tree, Shade Tree
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Sun
Habit: Upright
Foliage: Rich dark Purple
Flower Color: Bright Lavender-Pink
Pruning Season: Late spring after flowering
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Tolerates moist soil and full sun. Full sun brings out the best fall color. Will adapt to drier sites

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Merlot Redbud Tree is a perfect spring flowering tree for smaller landscapes. This new hybrid sets new standards for purple-leaved redbuds. Leaves won't burn in the sun.

  • It attracts butterflies, birds, and bees.
  • All around a pest-free tree.
  • Perfect for smaller landscape projects.
  • Its wine-red foliage makes for a great break from the common green foliage.

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Full Description

Merlot Redbud Tree is a perfect spring flowering tree for smaller landscapes. This new hybrid sets new standards for purple leaved redbuds. Outstanding Dark Purple to Burgundy foliage is similar to Forest Pansy Redbud, but with Texas Redbud in its genes, Merlot Redbud Tree boasts excellent drought tolerance and thicker, glossier leaves that stand up to summer heat.


Planting Information

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Merlot Redbud Tree plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Merlot Redbud Tree to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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Additional Information

Introduction of Merlot Redbud Tree:

This selection of Redbud was developed at a North Carolina State University breeding program initiated in 1998. Merlot Redbud tree is a distinct new cultivar of redbud that originated as a second generation descendant from the hybridization of 'Texas White' (Cercis canadensis var. texensis) x 'Forest Pansy' (Cercis canadensis). Bred as an alternative to Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy', it was selected for its dense semi-upright habit, glossy dark foliage, self cleaning flowers with low seed set, and tolerance to heat and drought, an improvement over Forest Pansy which has a spreading habit, dark matte foliage and prefers cooler conditions.