Merlot Redbud Tree
Cercis x 'Merlot' Plant Patent #22,297
|5-6 Foot (5 Gal.)||$136.95|
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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. 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.
Introduction of Merlot Redbud Tree:
This selection of Redbud was developed at a North Carolina State University breeding program initiated in 1998. Merlot Redbud 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.