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Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' (Eastern Redbud)

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Selected for its attractive shiny purple leaves and semi-upright growth habit. Leaves of 'Merlot' are smaller and thicker than those of 'Forest Pansy' and maintain their attractive appearance longer into the summer. PPAF

Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' (Eastern Redbud)

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Selected for its attractive shiny purple leaf color and semi-upright growth habit, in contrast to the open, spreading habit of 'Forest Pansy'. Leaves of 'Merlot' are also smaller and thicker than those of 'Forest Pansy', and maintain their attractive appearance well into the latter part of the growing season. 'Merlot' has excellent branching and dense growth, and is shorter in stature than 'Forest Pansy'. Flowering is prolific, and flower color is an attractive reddish-purple. Trials of 'Merlot' and 'Forest Pansy' in various testing locations have shown superior heat tolerance of 'Merlot' as compared to 'Forest Pansy', typical of its "texensis" parent.

Additional Information

Name Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' (Eastern Redbud)
Nursery Only No
Plant Height 12-15 ft
Plant Width 12-15 ft
Rhododendron Bloom Season Early (April)
Zone 6, 7, 8
Hardy to Temp -10°F
Sun Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Moisture Average, Moist, well-drained
Bloom Color Lavender
Fragrant No
Foliage Color Purple
Deer Resistant No
Wildlife Value Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Soil Type Sandy Loam
U.S. Native Yes
Habit Pyramidal
New Offering No
Genus Cercis
Species canadensis
Cultivar 'Merlot' PPAF
Parentage ['Texas White' (canadensis var. texensis) x 'Forest Pansy' (canadensis)] F2
RareFind Exclusive No
Rare Plant No
Catalog Category Trees, Shrubs & Vines