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Delicious Purple Leafed Redbud

This richly colored selection of the beloved native Redbud tree really stands up to the heat! Merlot Redbud (Cercis x 'Merlot') is a gorgeous, small tree with thick, glossy - and dark purple! - leaves that won't discolor or burn. This is a perfect small tree for the hot, arid summers of Western states.

In early spring, you and your neighbors will love seeing the awesome floral display. Each beautiful branch is liberally frosted in bright lavender-pink flowers, which really showcases the arching, upright branch structure of your tree.

What a beautiful, fountain-like effect!

Following this intense bloom, brilliant red leaf buds seem to emerge almost from within the flowers, you'll be entranced watching the show. Rich, wine-red leaves emerge and hold all season long.

This tree is a fabulous focal point for your landscape. Use as a single specimen tree in either front or backyard landscape design or line a drive or walkway in a tipsy row.

Fall clean-up is a breeze. The larger leaves of the Merlot make fast work of raking. With far fewer seed pods the Merlot Redbud, is a nice, clean tree as well.

Order yours today, this much improved variety is in high demand.

  • Beautiful Spring Bloom
  • Dark Burgundy Foliage
  • Easy Care
  • Beautiful Focal Point in the Yard

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Deep, Heat Tolerant Color

To achieve great color without sun burning or discoloration, Cercis x Merlot was a hybrid cross of a heat tolerant Texas redbud called the 'Texas White' with the popular Cercis Canadensis 'Forest Pansy'.

The result is the Merlot Redbud, a burgundy leafed selection that has a wider range of adaptability than the Forest Pansy. It will hold its great color throughout the summer in the hotter, drier regions.

The popularity of the beautiful Forest Pansy Redbud has been increasing for many years. The spring bloom along with the brilliant red foliage have long been a landscape favorite. The Merlot Redbud is an improvement of the Forest Pansy for those that live in hot, dry climates.


Merlot Redbud Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Botanical Name Cercis canadensis 'Merlot'
Foliage Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Soil Type Well Drained Soils
Moisture Medium Moisture
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Purple
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Fruiting Time Fall