Unexpected drama – Groundcover Redbud
At Bower & Branch, we blaze new trails. We go beyond conventional thinking about growing and selling Trees.
For example, our innovative Living Tree Chairs allow you to interact with Trees in a fun, radically new way. Our unbeatable Three-Year Guarantee goes above and beyond to assure you that we’re committed to your Tree’s success well after the sale.
And now? Our exclusive Redbud Groundcover Trees deliver a delightful dose of unexpected drama at your feet.
Redbud Groundcover Trees?
That’s right. Trees… that cover the ground.
Our clever growers have taken two beloved Weeping Redbud Trees, the green-leaved Pink Heartbreaker® Redbud and the burgundy-leaved Ruby Falls Redbud, and said, “What if?”
What if—instead of following convention and training these lovely Redbuds into small Weeping Patio Trees—we allowed them to scramble over the ground?
The result is a pair of quirky, free-flowing Groundcover “Trees” that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
The Pink Heartbreaker® Redbud Tree is especially dear to our hearts at Bower & Branch. A chance seedling with a cascading habit, it marched to its own tune in a field full of ordinary, upright Redbuds at the nursery of Don Eaton, the company’s founder, in 2002.
Don had to move the Tree that summer to make way for another crop, and the stress of transplanting in the Pennsylvania mid-summer heat nearly did the little Tree in. When spring came, only one branch leafed out.
Luckily, that was enough to get the Tree into production. Don’s wife Kathy named the Tree ‘Pink Heartbreaker’, because it had nearly broken our hearts.
The Ruby Falls Redbud resulted from several years of patient breeding work by Dr. Dennis Werner at North Carolina State University.
In 2001, Dr. Werner began with a green-leaved Weeping Redbud called Lavender Twist®, a red-leaved Redbud called Forest Pansy, and a nest of bumblebees to transfer the pollen from one Tree to the other.
His goal was to combine the cascading habit of Lavender Twist® and the burgundy leaves of Forest Pansy into one Tree. After nine years of crosses and selections, he had his wish, and Ruby Falls was born.
Redbud Groundcover Trees through the seasons
Planted as a flowering and foliar carpet, our special Pink Heartbreaker® and Ruby Falls Redbud Groundcover Trees offer exciting changes through the seasons.
Redbud Groundcover Trees in spring
After they’re done blooming, Redbud flowers (like Cherry blossoms) fall and make a pretty skirt of petals on the ground.
In nature, the Redbud petal-drop can lead to delightful spring pictures as the blossoms mingle with wildflowers on the forest floor. However, the effects are fleeting, as the spent petals fade quickly.
With our Redbud Groundcover Trees, you can deliberately bring the Redbud canopy to the ground level and enjoy the blossoms there during their entire bloom cycle. This opens up new possibilities that have never before been available.
Imagine sweet lavender-pink Redbud blossoms blooming among wildflowers of your choosing. You could plant dainty white Dutchman’s Breeches; captivating Virginia Bluebells; cheery yellow Woodland Poppies; pink, blue, or white Woodland Phlox; or yellow, white, or deep red Trilliums.
You could also plant colorful bulbs to coincide with the Redbud’s blooms, such as mid-season Daffodils or early-season Tulips.
All of these plants will disappear in the summer, and handsome Redbud foliage will cover where they stood.
Groundcover Redbuds in summer
Redbud leaves emerge as the flowers fade. At first they appear as precious, tiny hearts sprouting from the zigzag branches. They quickly expand and become a striking feature.
Pink Heartbreaker’s foliage begins in a pale amber-green hue, eventually deepening to a cool, glossy green.
Ruby Falls’ leaves emerge a shimmering, vibrant ruby-red, but calm down in summer to take on more of a dark purple-red or bronzy tone.
Both Trees blanket the ground with attractive, bold foliage all summer.
Redbud Groundcover Trees in fall
In autumn, your Groundcover Tree will change character yet again. When days become cool and crisp and birds start to head south, your Redbud will turn color.
Pink Heartbreaker’s leaves will turn a warm, buttery yellow before dropping away to reveal charcoal-gray stems.
Ruby Falls’ autumn foliage is less predictable, but it can be remarkable. You may be treated to a display of honey-gold, orange, and rosy red leaves. Its fall color will be most dynamic in full sun.
Other ways to utilize our Redbud Groundcover Trees
There are many ways you could use a Redbud Groundcover Tree in your landscape in addition to as a groundcover.
You could plant one in a large container and let it spill over the sides, or install one at the top of a retaining wall and let it drape itself elegantly over the edge.
A Groundcover Redbud could tumble gracefully down the face of a rock garden, adding a pleasing contrast of colors and textures to boulders and outcroppings. A Groundcover Tree could also flow down a barren slope, covering a difficult-to-maintain area with three seasons of interest.
Let your imagination run wild!
Caring for your Redbud Groundcover Tree
Although your Redbud Groundcover Tree seems exotic, it thrives with the same simple care required of any native Redbud Tree.
Plant your Tree in full sun or light shade and make sure it receives plenty of water during the growing season. Excess water must drain away quickly. Mulch with shredded bark to help keep the root zone cool and moist and to keep the flowers and foliage free of mud splashes.
Redbuds grow quickly and respond well to pruning if you need to shape your Groundcover Tree or rein in its growth.
Why Groundcover Trees?
Why do we grow and sell Redbud Groundcover Trees? Groundcover Trees are fun and funky. They’re unique and weird and cool. They take up virtually no vertical space. Best of all, they give you an opportunity to appreciate Trees in a brand new way.
At Bower & Branch, we’re passionate about Trees. The reason we’re in this business is because Trees bring us joy, and we want you to experience that same connection.
That’s why we say, “What if?”
That’s why we blaze new trails.
The more kinds of Trees we offer, the more opportunities you’ll have to make a connection with the Tree that’s perfect for you, your space, and your lifestyle!