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This charismatic little tree has it all! What other ornamental tree can boast delicate lilac-pink flowers in spring, bold plum-purple foliage, and a graceful weeping habit? What’s more, this choice native flowering tree’s petite size means it has a place in any garden, large or small. You’ll probably want to give Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud a premium, high-traffic spot in your landscape, such as near your front door, patio, or deck, because this dazzling specimen treedeserves to be shown off. This is the kind of tree you want to design a whole planting around.
- Hardiness Zone: 6
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The Ruby Falls Weeping Redbud Tree was no chance discovery, but rather the result of nine years of careful work by North Carolina State University’s Dr. Dennis Werner. Dr. Werner started in 2001 with a purple-leaved Forest Pansy Redbud, a weeping Lavender Twist® Redbud, and a nest of bumblebees to serve as matchmakers between the two. The pairing produced 23 seeds, which Werner germinated and grew on for four years to flowering size, and then he let those seedlings hybridize amongst themselves. This resulted in thousands of seeds, which produced all kinds of different seedling plants. The best one of all was Ruby Falls.
Our Low Form Ruby Falls Eastern Redbud is perfect for situations where its cascading branches can spill over a retaining wall or the sides of a large planter. In these situations, the heart-shapedfoliage is displayed to its best advantage.
How to Grow
Though it has gone through some cosmetic changes, the Ruby Falls Redbud is still a native Redbud at heart (like the Redbuds you see in the wild) and is well adapted to life in many parts of the country. It is a bit less cold hardy than some other Redbuds and is suitable for zone 6 and above. Plant Ruby Falls in a sunny spot to bring out the richest color in its deep burgundy-red leaves, although it will grow well in light shade as well. Like all Redbuds, it appreciates regular irrigation and well-drained soils. A layer of shredded bark mulch will help to keep the roots cool and moist. Keep an eye out for any all-green, non-weeping shoots and prune them out promptly when they appear.
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