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Merlot Purple Leaf Eastern Redbud Tree - Cersis canadensis

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Merlot Eastern Redbud Tree
Cercis canadensis  'Merlot'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Recognized for its unique shiny, heart shaped, dark purple leaves, Merlot bears the darkest foliage of all Redbud trees. Gorgeous, bright lavender-pink flowers held in clusters cover the branches in the early days of spring. Its excellent heat, sun, and drought tolerance are very well appreciated during the sometimes brutal days of summer.  Perfect for use as a small tree form specimen around the home or in landscaped islands. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 15 to 20 feet tall and wide, the Merlot Redbud tree is ideal for use as a focal specimen or in groupings in sunny or partly sunny landscape or woodland borders. Also nice to mark each side of an entryway and to provide beauty and some shade around patios, porches and other outdoor living spaces. Merlot is more compact than others in the species so it fits well into smaller landscape spaces. Excellent planted among azaleas in woodland borders. For eye-pleasing contrast, under plant with a lighter color ground cover or low shrub.

Suggested Spacing:  25' or more for space between trees




Cultural Preferences
 
The Merlot Redbud tree is very easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained soil and full or part sun. It is very drought tolerant when established. Standing water or constantly soggy or wet soils can be problematic.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree
Height at Maturity:  15-20'
Width at Maturity:  15-20'
Spacing:  25'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Rounded
Growth Rate: Moderate
Flower Color:  Bright Lavender-Pink
Flower Size:  1/2"
Flowering Period:  Late Winter to Early Spring
Flower Type:  Single, in Clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Purple
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  6.5 - 8.0 (Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Songbirds, Hummingbirds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Insect, Drought



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