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Ruby Falls Redbud

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A spectacular and hardy spring bloomer, with very showy lavender-red flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring; burgundy foliage emerges, maturing to a deep violet-purple; a great weeping ornamental tree for specimen use in the landscape

Characteristics

Species:
canadensis
Other Species Names:
Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree
Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Genus:
Cercis
Cultivar:
Ruby Falls
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
weeping
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
lavender
Flower Bicolor:
red
Flower Form:
pea
Flower Period:
from early to mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
burgundy
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Ruby Falls Redbud has lavender pea-like flowers with red overtones along the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive burgundy deciduous foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Ruby Falls Redbud is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Ruby Falls Redbud will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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