Redbud / Cercis canadensis

cercisrubyfalls (300x299)Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ – A newer dwarf weeping form with pendulous branches that are covered in burgundy-red heart-shaped leaves that darken in summer, with inside foliage shifting to green. This cross of ‘Covey’ and ‘Forest Pansy’ bears deep lavender flowers on bare stems in early spring, before the leaves emerge. Grows 6-8′ high by 6′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

cercisheartsofgold (300x295)Cerci canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ – A gold-leaved Redbud which was discovered as a sport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The new growth emerges a beautiful reddish-pink and matures to bright golden-yellow, although they tend to be more lime green in partial shade. Bright lavender-purple pea-like blooms cover bare branches in early spring. Grows 20-25′ high by 25-30′. Zone 6.

cercismerlot (300x286)Cercis canadensis ‘Merlot’ – A Cercis canadensis var. texensis and ‘Forest Pansy’ cross which is reportedly more heat and drought tolerant and unlike ‘Forest Pansy’, the thicker leaves so not show summer stress. These emerge a glossy dark burgundy and shift to green as they mature. It has an upright habit and bright magenta-pink flowers. Grows 12-15′ high and wide. Z6.

cercisflying (300x294)Cercis canadensis ‘Floating Clouds’ – A lovely variegated Redbud with green heart-shaped leaves irregularly splashed with white, which many find more attractive than ‘Silver Cloud’. It is a vigorous grower and tolerates full sun well, with its fall colours being a pale yellow. Light lavender-pink flowers are borne in early spring. Grows 20′ high by 25-30′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

cercisforestpansy (300x282)Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner was one of the first Redbuds primarily sold for its foliage. The heart-shaped leaves emerge a glossy dark burgundy, shrifting to a ruby red in summer and often taking on an orange hue in the fall. Rosy-pink pea-like blooms are borne on bare stems in early spring. Grows 20′ high by 25′ wide. Zone 6.

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