Cercis canadensis 'Merlot'

Merlot Redbud

Dark purple foliage that lasts into summer providing a dramatic impact in the landscape.  Grows best in the sun.

In early spring, masses of purplish-pink flowers attract early-season pollinators looking for nectar and pollen. Flowering occurs before the leaves emerge. A member of the legume family, the pea-like flowers are followed by brown seed pods that resemble pea pods.

Fall foliage is usually a good yellow.

Redbuds are smaller trees with nearly flat or rounded crowns often found growing beneath taller trees. Use as a focal point, in groups or along woodland edges.

  • A canadensis and texensis cross creates a more drought tolerant cultivar
  • Leathery, dark purple new growth
  • Purplish-red flowers show off in the spring

  • Category: Tree, Native
  • Patent: PP#22297
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Height: 12-15 ft
  • Spread: 12-15 ft
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Foliage Color: Dark Purple
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Landscape Characteristics
Branch Structure
Flowers
Foliage Color
Classification by Use
Color Impact
Native
Specialty Use
Woodland Garden
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Pollinators
Habit
Spreading
Upright
Light Requirement
Sun
Part Sun
Part Shade
Foliage
Deciduous
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Spring
Summer
Growth Rate
Moderate
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Well-Drained
Foliage Color
Green
Purple
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Cercis canadensis 'Merlot'

Easy to grow small tree, that is well adapted to many soil types as long as drainage is good. Will grow in acid to neutral soils in sun or shade but flowering is best in sun.