Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 4-6'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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Ruby Falls Redbud - Serpentine

Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls' PP22,097

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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 Tree deserves to be shown off! Get Ruby Falls Redbud off your wish list and in the ground today!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 4-6'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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The Story

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. 

The Details

Our Growers have had some fun with the beloved Ruby Falls Redbud -- they've given it a zigzagged trunk! When the leaves drop in the fall, those quirky curves will be revealed, providing eye appeal throughout the winter. Plant your Ruby Falls Redbud Serpentine in a prominent spot, where is can flaunt its charms all year-round!

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 6' Tall
Avg Mature Width 6' Wide
Spacing 4-6'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Purple
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Orange
Flower Color Lavender-Pink
Flower Time Early Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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