Merlot Redbud Tree
Merlot Redbud Leaf
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Merlot Redbud Tree
Merlot Redbud Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Merlot Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' PP22,297
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Let’s raise a glass to Merlot Redbud, a sweet little flowering tree that will lend a festive look to your landscape! Merlot gets the party started in spring with a flourish of delicate, lavender-pink blooms. The blossoms are borne in abundance and hug the smoky-gray branches tightly. Next come the shimmering, wine-red leaves, which glow in the sunshine like so many glasses raised in a toast to the warming days of spring. A tidy, small-growing tree, Merlot is great for patio plantings, mixed borders, foundation beds, areas under power lines, or anyplace you need a pop of color. Cheers!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Merlot is one of many fine selections to emerge from an ongoing Redbud breeding program at North Carolina State University. To produce the novel tree, Dr. Dennis Werner pollinated a drought-tolerant Texas Redbud, ‘Texas White’, with a purple-leaved Eastern Redbud, ‘Forest Pansy’. More than 100 seedlings from this pairing were produced, and those seedlings were grown on to produce 100 more seedlings of their own. Merlot was selected from this second batch. From its ‘Forest Pansy’ grandfather, it got its rich purple color, and from its ‘Texas White’ grandmother it got its compact habit and superior drought resistance.

The Details

Merlot Redbud becomes more subdued in summer, the purple foliage often turning bronzy-green. In fall, the leaves transition to gold with hints of caramel and burgundy.

How to Grow

A site in full sun will bring out the most intense color of Merlot Redbud’s leaves, though this tree will also grow in part shade. Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System to deliver a steady supply of moisture to the roots during the critical first couple of years of establishment. Merlot will be somewhat drought tolerant after that, but its foliage will look its best with regular water. Redbuds appreciate an annual dose of fertilizer, too, and the Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun - Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 12-15'
Avg Mature Width 10-15'
Spacing 15'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Purple
Fall Leaf Color Red
Flower Color Lavender - Pink
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color N/A
Fruit Time N/A
Foliage Color Purple
Bloom Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-7' Tall. Grown in #15 tree container. This is a big tree but can be carried by two people.

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