Ruby Falls Redbud
When Ruby Falls Redbud first went up for sale in 2010, it rocketed to the top of many people’s wish lists for the garden. 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 small size means it has a place in any garden, large or small. You’ll probably want to give Ruby Falls 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. Get Ruby Falls Redbud off your wish list and in the ground today!
- Hardiness Zone: 6-8
- Spacing: 4-5'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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This tree was no chance discovery, but rather the result of a carefully orchestrated nine-year program. NCSU’s Dennis Werner got the ball rolling in 2001 by placing a red-leaved Redbud (Forest Pansy) in a cage with a weeping Redbud (Lavender Twist®) and a nest of bumblebees. Twenty-three seeds from that pairing germinated. Then, Werner waited four years for those trees to reach fruiting age. When they did (having cross-pollinated each other), they produced the next generation of seeds. From the thousands that germinated, the best one was chosen—Ruby Falls.
No more excuses! This beauteous tree deserves to be in any garden, big or small… just because. A weeping Redbud with rosy-purple flowers appearing before the red-purple leaves. Heart shaped leaves emerge red-purple in spring gradually maturing to deep purple then acquiring a hint of green as the season wears on. I know I want one... well, just because. What about you?
How to Grow
Ruby Falls isn’t as cold-hardy as regular Redbuds; areas with winters that drop to -5°F may be its northernmost limit. A site in full sun will coax the richest coloring out of its leaves and make for the densest display of both foliage and flowers. As for shaping, if you want the tree to grow taller before it weeps, you may have to help it along by staking the leader. This only works on the fresh, new growth, however, as the wood becomes brittle once it “hardens off.”
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Size A Trees:
Weeping tree grown to 4' tall and grown in our #7 tree container. About two years younger than the size B. You will enjoy watching this tree grow. You will be able to make decisions and determine exactly what you want from this beautiful weeping tree.
Size B Trees:
This purple leafed weeping Redbud is grown wide and full to 5' tall before allowing branches to weep. Overall branching is 3' wide or greater at shipping with many branches weeping to the ground.
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