Cercis 'MERLOT'

Cercis
Cercis 'MERLOT'
redbud
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-3m
USUAL WIDTH 2-2.3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES burgundy red
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS pink
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Eastern redbud is a lovely, deciduous, small tree or a large shrub where the word 'love' is the tell: its leaves are in a perfect shape of a heart that we are used to draw as an icon. Merlot is a new variety from 2009, an interspecific cross between Forest Pansy (cercis canadensis) and Texas White (cercis texensis). The first parent offered red leaves, the second one better tolerance to heat and drought. It was bred by Dennis James Werner and Layne Karlton Snelling of North Carolina State University, and patented as PP22297 in 2009.

Merlot redbud, just the French grapevine variety of the same name, has leaves of the deepest wine red colour. They are deciduous, heart-shaped, and glossy. Compared to Forest Pansy they are a little smaller (abt. 10x13 cm), the plant is not as vigorous, and exhibits a more compact and denser habit. Another impressive feature is its spring flowering. Profusion of bright purple-pink flowers with miniature stalks are borne on bare, purple-black wood. The older the tree, the more flowers are produced.

Pruning is not necessary but can be done in spring after flowering. Do not cut into old wood – badly treated cuts may be infected and the plant may die.

Redbud is soil tolerant but does best in moist but well-drained soil. It resents transplanting. Grow it in full sun, keep very young plants sheltered from drying winds and strong late winter sunlight, if possible. The plant is bud hardy to min. -24°C, and the wood can take a few degrees lower (USDA zone 5b-6).

Last update 04-03-2018.
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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