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Ruby Falls Redbud Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls'

Phonetic Spelling
SER-sis kan-ah-DEN-sis
Description

Noted for its unique weeping habit, Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls' (Redbud) is a compact, deciduous tree with profuse, pea-like, dark rose flowers that arrive before the foliage on bright red stems.  Dark maroon-red, heart shaped leaves are held on pendulous branches.  During summer the leaves turn from burgundy to green in late summer.  The small stature of this tree makes it ideal for small gardens.

It does not transplant well.  It should be planted young and left undisturbed.

Wildlife Value:  The flowers provide nectar for bees and once pollinated form leguminous pods, the seed can be consumed by birds. Members of the genus Cercis support the following specialized bee: Habropoda laboriosa.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: This tree can suffer from damage caused by deer.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Ruby Falls’
‘Ruby Falls’
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#deciduous#wildlife plant#showy#nectar plant#show stopper#specialized bees#cpp#deer resistant#pollinator plant#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Ruby Falls’
‘Ruby Falls’
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#deciduous#wildlife plant#showy#nectar plant#show stopper#specialized bees#cpp#deer resistant#pollinator plant#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cercis
    Species:
    canadensis
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Ornamental
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    The flowers provide nectar for bees and once pollinated form leguminous pods, the seed can be consumed by birds.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Will tolerate clay soil, deer tolerant, black walnut tolerant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Weeping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Profuse, pea-like, dark rose flowers that arrive before the foliage on bright red stems
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark maroon-red, heart shaped leaves are held on pendulous branches. During summer the leaves turn from burgundy to green in late summer.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer