Cercis Ruby Falls. Origin: Redbud breeding program at NCSU Species: Cercis canadensis Protection Status: US PPAF

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1 Cercis Ruby Falls Origin: Redbud breeding program at NCSU Protection Status: US PPAF Key Features Unique weeping habit. Full crown of foliage at the top. Large heart shaped purple leaves. Attractive reddish-purple flowers. Ruby Falls is a highly attractive weeping form of Cercis canadensis with purple leaves. It demonstrates excellent branching. It is an excellent small tree for lawns, woodland gardens or naturalized areas. Effective planted as a specimen or in groups. Hardiness: USDA Zone 5b. (-15 F or -26 C). Flowers: Intermediate reddish-purple flowers borne on bare stems in early spring. Profuse flowering and low pod set. Flowering Time: Early spring. Foliage: Deciduous, large heart-shaped deep purple foliage. Habit: Elegant weeping habit. 6 H x 4 W (training dependent). The perfect weeping tree for small yards. Propagation: Budding, grafting, and tissue culture. License required for propagation. Culture: Best grown in full sun in well drained soils. Additional Comments: The first weeping purple redbud ever developed. Minimal pruning required. Uses: Garden specimen, mixed landscape plantings. Approximate Finishing Time 5 Gallon: 2 years from a whip (Winter Planting). 15 Gallon: 3 years from a whip (Winter Planting). Closest Cultivar: Lavender Twist Key Difference: Ruby Falls has purple foliage vs. green foliage.

2 Cercis Merlot Origin: Redbud breeding program at NCSU (Texensis group). Protection Status: US PPAF Key Features Excellent heat & drought tolerance. (The C. texensis factor). Outstanding glossy dark purple foliage. Tight dense habit making this the perfect tree for small yards. Merlot is partially derived from the texensis form of redbud which confers heat and drought tolerance. Merlot has glossy, small rounded dark purple leaves and has an upright vase shaped growth habit. Mature plants produce abundant bright pink flowers. Pod set is minimal. Merlot shows little leaf stress and necrosis in the heat of summer. Hardiness: USDA Zone 6. (-10 F or -23 C). Flowers: Reddish-purple flowers borne on bare stems in early spring. Profuse flowering and low pod set. Flowering Time: Early spring. Foliage: Deciduous, large rounded glossy dark purple foliage. Habit: Semi-upright vase shaped habit. 12 x 15. The perfect tree for small yards. Propagation: Budding, grafting, and tissue culture. License required for propagation. Culture: Best grown in full sun in well drained soil. Additional Comments: Relatively drought tolerant. Minimal training and pruning required. Uses: Garden specimen, landscape plantings, street tree. Approximate Finishing Time 5 Gallon: 2 years from a whip (Winter Planting). 15 Gallon: 3 years from a whip (Winter Planting). Key Differences: Compared to C. Forest Pansy Merlot : is more heat and drought tolerant. has a tighter and more dense habit. shows upright, vase-shaped growth habit. has glossier foliage.

3 Cercis Hearts of Gold Origin: Jon Roethling Protection Status: US PP #17,740 This exciting selection of eastern redbud has burst onto the scene just within the last three years and has become an overnight sensation in plant circles. This is the first known, goldfoliaged Cercis for the U.S. Market. New leaves emerge red then turn to gold. Where leaves are shaded by others they will turn to green. Hearts of Gold offers a perfect way to brighten the grayest day and provides a riot of color in early spring as they flower even before foliage emerges. Its tiny lavenderpurple redbud blooms are early harbingers of spring in the landscape. In summer, the gold foliage is burn-resistant even in full sun. A U.S. native, this gold redbud is as vigorous as green varieties and will grow to 10 in the first 5 years. At maturity it will reach 15 tall by 18 wide, making it perfect for hedges or as a specimen planting. One s imagination can run wild with the landscape possibilities of this great new plant. A spectacular plant for illuminating a shady spot in the garden! Hardiness: Zone 4 to 10, to be tested. Definitely 5 to 9. Bloom: Clusters of sweet pea blooms, bright lavender purple, early spring. Foliage: Intense golden color, heart-shaped. New growth is red, shaded leaves turn green. Habit: Vase-shaped, pendulous. Propagation: Semi-ripe cuttings. License required for propagation. Culture: Well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Drought tolerant.

4 Cercis Ace of Hearts Origin: Paul B. E. Woody Protection Status: US Plant Patent #17,161 A dwarf Eastern Redbud! This brand new introduction has very small leaves and will probably mature at about 15 feet. A true genetic dwarf. The original plant is only 12 tall by 15 wide in 8+ years. The leaves, small but perfectly heart-shaped, are stacked on stems reminiscent of shingles on a roof and are held up the stems with elegant poise. In flower, however, this plant really performs. Its pale blooms, soft mauve with darker markings, are produced in large quantities, studding the dark stems in late spring. This variety is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. It is droughttolerant; suitable for xeriscaping. Ace of Hearts is perfect for the smaller sized yard. One of the most distinctive redbuds in leaf! Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9 Bloom: Clusters of light violet sweet pea-like blooms borne in early spring. Foliage: Small, semi-glossy heart-shaped leaves. Habit: Compact tree with a dense domeshaped canopy (12 x 15 in 8 years). Propagation: Tissue culture, budding/ grafting. License required for propagation. Culture: Well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant.

5 Cercis Little Woody Origin: Paul B. E. Woody Protection Status: US Plant Patent #15,854 One of the first two compact eastern redbuds ever introduced, Little Woody is a most distinctive variety. The original plant is only 10 tall by 8 wide in 8+ years. Its small, dark green, puckered leaves are attractively tinged with red when they emerge. They are neatly arranged up the stems, each directly above the next. Seed set is practically non-existent. Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9 Bloom: Clusters of light violet sweet pea-like blooms borne in early spring. Foliage: Dark, gnarled, and almost rubbery, rugose green leaves. Habit: Compact, vase-shaped (10 x 8 in 8 years). Propagation: Tissue culture, budding/ grafting. License required for propagation. Culture: Well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Drought tolerant.

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