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Summer's Tower™ Redbud
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Stand up straight! Eastern Redbud is normally a rounded ornamental Tree, growing as wide as it is tall. This new selection is distinctive for its impeccable posture. Summer's Tower™ Redbud assumes a proud, upright/vase-like habit. It will probably max out at 25 feet by 12 feet. Its svelte shape and modest size make it invaluable in all sorts of situations. You can plant it by the patio, within a mixed border, in a cozy courtyard, or on either side of a path. Summer's Tower™ is a fast-growing Tree, so you will not have to wait long for it to make an impact.
Redbuds are red-hot! This classic American Tree has been reinvented into all sorts of intriguing colors and forms in recent years, and people can't get enough of them. Summer's Tower™ is a fine new addition to the collection that is especially valued for its unique narrow/upright shape. It was introduced in 2013 by Ray and Cindy Jackson of Jackson's Nursery in Belvidere, Tennessee. The Jacksons let the bees do the work of pollinating some of the Redbuds in their collection, and they sowed the resulting seeds. Summer's Tower™ stood out clearly from the rest. Good job, bees!
Pluck a Redbud flower the next they're blooming, and take a close look. The blossoms look like tiny hummingbirds! In most areas, hummingbirds arrive too late to enjoy their nectar, though bees and other valuable early-season pollinators will gladly service the flowers. The blooms themselves are edible to humans, and they make a lovely garnish for a fresh spring salad.
How to Grow
To bring out the most vibrant color in this Tree's namesake foliage, give it a site in full sun. As for water needs, Summer's Tower™ will have some degree of drought tolerance once established, but the leaves will stay healthier-looking if your Tree is irrigated during dry spells and not made to fend for itself. It will not abide 'wet feet', however. Growth is moderate and pruning is seldom necessary, though this Tree responds well to pruning should you choose to shape it or give it a little nip and tuck.
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