Young American Redbud | Cercis canadensis 'Merlot'


Did you know that the Cercis canadensis 'Merlot,' also known as the American Redbud, is a relatively new cultivar? The tree is often compared to the more well-known Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’.

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Can be planted throughout the year

Relatively New Cultivar

The Cercis canadensis 'Merlot', also known as American Redbud, is a relatively new cultivar that is often compared to the more well-known Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’.


Leaf Color and Flowering

However, the leaves are somewhat lighter red than the "Forest Pansy", and the Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' also blooms more abundantly. The leaves are wine-red in color.

Before the leaves appear on the tree, it blooms abundantly on bare wood with pink flowers.


Tree Size and Crown

The Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' is a small deciduous tree with a beautiful round crown. The maximum height is 3-4 meters. It is a striking ornamental tree in gardens due to its distinctive color.



This cultivar is hardy, but it can be susceptible to frost at a young age. It is advisable to protect it from frost.


How to plant the tree?

  1. Determine the final location of the tree and ensure it is free from cables, debris, old plants, and other obstacles that may hinder the tree's growth.
  2. Dig a planting hole that is twice the width of the root ball. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the planting hole and mix the excavated soil with (organic) garden soil or planting substrate.
  3. Adjust the planting hole to the height where the root ball fits and firmly press the soil.
  4. Fill the planting hole with water and wait for it to settle. Check if the root ball is sufficiently moist.
  5. Place the tree or plant in the planting hole. It is extremely important that the tree is not planted too deep, as this can cause root rot.
  6. Insert a tree stake or bamboo stake firmly into the ground on the side of the tree where the most wind comes from.
  7. Now, place the watering ring or create a mound of soil around the tree so that water can seep into the ground.


Why Choose a Young Tree from Amitis

  • Easy to plant yourself due to the compact size and light weight
  • Conveniently delivered to your home in a sturdy packaging
  • Experience the growth and development of your own tree
  • Easy to maintain
  • Cultivate the size and growth form you are looking for
  • Attain mature size within a short time
  • Can be planted year-round as everything is delivered in pots
  • No root loss and better chances of establishment as everything is pot-grown
  • Cost-effective purchase
  • Fresh, healthy plants directly from the grower



Want to know more about pruning? Read our page on tree maintenance! Feel free to contact us; we are happy to assist!


  • Flower color

  • Flowering months

    April - May
  • Location

    Sun-semi shade
  • Fruits

    Red legume
  • Evergreen

    Not wintergreen
  • Winter hardiness

  • Leaf color in summer

  • Leaf color in autumn



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