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Merlot Purple Leaf Eastern Redbud Tree - 2 Gallon Pot
The 'Merlot' Redbud is a cross between Cercis canadensis and texensis that resulted in a more drought and heat tolerant tree that is a definite improvement over 'Forest Pansy' in that its purple leaves are darker, glossier and thicker and the tree itself has a tighter, denser habit. Unlike Forest Pansy, Merlot does not show leaf stress in heat of summer. Get all the details below!

Merlot Purple Leaf Eastern Redbud Tree - 2 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 2 GALLON POT

Merlot Eastern Redbud Tree
Cercis canadensis  'Merlot'

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



Special Attributes

The 'Merlot' Redbud is a cross between Cercis canadensis and texensis that resulted in a more drought and heat tolerant tree that is a definite improvement over 'Forest Pansy' in that its purple leaves are darker, glossier and thicker and the tree itself has a tighter, denser habit. Unlike Forest Pansy, Merlot does not show leaf stress in heat of summer. Clusters of bright pink flowers cover the branches in the early days of spring. An eye-catching specimen tree for use around the home or in sunny to partially shaded landscape or woodland borders.




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 to partially shaded 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 other redbuds 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. A fine addition to purple theme gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  25 feet 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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