Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 20-25 ft.
- Part Sun (4 hours minimum) or Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Cercis canadensis 'JN16' PPAF
- Does Not Ship To:
Smaller Redbud Hybrid for Deep Purple Foliage
Why Vanilla Twist Trees?
Merging everything you love in a Redbud into a smaller, more compact form, the Merlot is a phenomenal hybrid that delivers classic blooms with the twist of lustrous purple leaves.
You’ll still get everything from this tree that you love about Redbuds: attractive and broad leaves, charming buds and flowers, and an interesting silhouette in the winter. But you’ll also get new features that will make this tree even more desirable, like excellent drought tolerance and glossier leaves that stand up to summer heat with ease.
Like deep red-purple leaves that make this tree unlike any other. The most exciting feature of the new Merlot Redbud is the outstanding color of the foliage. Its reddish-pink blossoms contrast perfectly against the dark leaves. Whether you plant this tree alone or amongst others in your garden, it takes your yard to the next level.
And its irregular branches offer a dramatic winter display. This tree is a showstopper, even in its dormant season. The irregular growth patterns of the branches form a captivating silhouette during barren winter months - a perfect contrast to your evergreens.
Why Fast-Growing-Trees.com is Better
Since they're so adaptable, dependable, and gorgeous, many people are fans of Redbuds...that can make the Redbud, particularly the Merlot, hard to find.
But when you order your Merlot Redbud from Fast Growing Trees, you get a reliable, proven performer with a deep, well-developed root system and the promise of fresh, vibrant color. Your Redbud arrives at your door, ready to thrive.
We’ve taken care to ensure that your Merlot has the best head start on growth, so your tree is delivered with bigger, better branching for even more blooms...never bare-root like most other garden centers.
And our larger Merlot Redbud sizes can bloom as soon as the first year.
Since the Merlot Redbud is the newest variety, it will sell out very quickly. Don’t hesitate to buy yours today!
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Planting & Care
1. Planting: Select an area with well-drained soil and full sun to partial sun (4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight with some afternoon shade).
Dig a hole twice as wide as the diameter and as deep as your tree’s root ball. Place your tree, backfill the soil, and water to settle the tree’s roots. Finally, spread 3 to 4 inches of mulch over the planting site to conserve moisture.
2. Watering: During the first year, water your tree about once or twice weekly. If you’re not sure when to water, check the surrounding soil to about 3 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it’s time to water your tree.
After the first year, your Redbud can thrive on rainfall alone, but we recommend that you continue to check the soil. Soil should remain moist about 3 inches down.
3. Fertilizing: In early spring, apply compost or a complete fertilizer, such as 5-10-5. Spread evenly around the root zone of the plant according to the label instructions.
4. Pruning: Prune the tree in early summer after the tree is done blooming. Begin by removing any larger lower branches and branches that cross over each other or rub together.
Cut off the branches close to the trunk without leaving any stubs. If several branches need to be removed, remove gradually over a few months. In late winter, prune any dead or damaged wood and remove any shoots that are growing from the bottom of the trunk.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$125 +||FREE SHIPPING!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3 - 5. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of May 4th|
|Zone 5||Week of April 13th|
|Zones 6 - 11||Ships Now!|