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Merlot Redbud

Cercis x 'Merlot' Plant Patent #22297

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.

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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.

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.

Some additional reasons to love the Merlot Redbud, outside of its breathtaking foliage, is its attraction of pollinators and its tolerance to pests and diseases. The tree's deep pink spring blossoms will have your yard filled with all the good creatures of butterflies, birds and bees, and none of the bad!


Growzone: 6-9 Merlot Redbud Hardiness Zones 6-9
Hardiness 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

How to Care for Merlot Redbud

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!


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.


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