Ruby Falls Redbud
Ruby Falls Redbud is a large flowering shrub variety of weeping tree which is also known as Weeping Redbud, Eastern Redbud, Love Tree (due mainly to its heart shaped leaves) and scientifically as Cersis Canadensis.
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It is said to be the “offspring” of Forest Pansy and Lavender Twist (Covey) from which scientists from North Carolina hybridized it in 2001.
From among the seeds that germinated from the cross-pollination of Forest Pansy and Lavender Twist, Ruby Falls Redbud was the most beautiful. Its rich purple to burgundy color is thought to be derived from the purple leaf colors of the Forest Pansy and its weeping growth form was inherited from Lavender Twist.
Important Note: Weeping trees are called such due to their branches and leaves that grow downwards resembling a weeping person. If left unpruned or trimmed, they will grow as low as touching the ground.
Ruby Falls Redbud flowers are reddish purple in color and are at times lavender too which might be due to its Lavender Twist genes. This particular tree is very hardy and can withstand very cold temperatures down to -5 degrees F without dying or drying too much.
They are best planted in a moist and well-watered soil and are found all over the USA. There is also a variety of Ruby Falls Redbud in Asia and in Greece.
During summer, the leaves turn to greenish purple. In the fall, their color becomes golden yellow to red orange as they start to fall down. Winter makes the leaves disappear but bounce back with marvelous splendor as spring comes in.
Redbud’s colorful appearance make it a favorite garden ornament of landscapers. It is a relatively small tree having a height of 8 feet but can grow up to 25 feet if not pruned. It spreads to a width of 182 cm and to even larger than its expected height if not trimmed.
While other weeping trees look creepy, the Ruby Falls Redbud shrub stands majestic and beautiful. You can actually mistake it for the Japanese Cherry Blossom because of its somewhat reddish pink flowers.
Planting and Maintaining
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Ruby Falls Redbud is easy to grow. This shrub only needs full sun and watering every 3 days. Plant it in moist soil where the sun can fully nourish it. The flowers start to come out by early spring and stop at the end of spring itself (late March to late April) when the foliage begins to develop. And every autumn the leaves also begin to drop and totally disappear when the cold season comes.
Pruning is very important when maintaining a garden tree and Ruby Falls Redbud isn’t an exception. With such beautiful burgundy red colors, it is best to always trim the leaves and prune the stems whenever the tree becomes a little heavy to look at.
Make it a habit to cut dry stems or diseased branches so as not to spread the problem to the whole tree. Disinfect the cut portion with alcohol after every pruning.
Keep watch of pests that might attack the leaves. They may cause disease in the tree. It is best avoided by removing these plant eaters early rather than relying on pesticides to kill them once they grow in numbers and eat up most of your Ruby Falls tree.
There is no need to spray on fertilizer to Ruby Falls Redbud. They can grow productively with just sunshine and water.
Some More Redbud Facts
According to some growers, Ruby Falls Redbud flowers are also edible and can be eaten raw and added to salads. It is also amazingly fragrant. Ruby Falls, as the other Redbud trees, live only for a maximum of 20 years and they look even more droopy and weeping as they age.
Ruby Falls Redbud weeping tree helps to create a delightful view in any garden or backyard. This shrub is one great species produced by science marrying two equally attractive weeping redbud trees.
If there is any large shrub that you should think of buying and growing, Ruby Falls Redbud is well worth a try.
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