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A close up of the wine-red foliage of the Merlot Redbud
A close up of the pink blossoms of the Merlot Redbud
A close up of the wine-red foliage of the Merlot Redbud
A close up of the pink blossoms of the Merlot Redbud



  • Bright pink-purple flowers bloom in April before leaves appear
  • This native tree is very versatile and will make an excellent focal point, patio tree or anyplace you need a pop of color
  • A smaller version of the Forest Pansy Redbud with wine-red, heart-shaped leaves
  • An important pollen source
  • This bird-friendly native tree provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Mature Height: 12-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15' apart

Merlot Redbud

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cercis canadensis 'Merlot' PP22,297

Regular price $675.00
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Why plant Merlot Redbud?

Let's raise a glass to Merlot Redbud, a sweet little flowering tree that will lend a festive look to your landscape! Merlot gets the party started in spring with a flourish of delicate, lavender-pink blooms. The blossoms are borne in abundance and hug the smoky-gray branches tightly. Next come the shimmering, wine-red leaves, which glow in the sunshine like so many glasses raised in a toast to the warming days of spring. A tidy, small-growing tree, Merlot is great for patio plantings, mixed borders, foundation beds, areas under power lines, or anyplace you need a pop of color. Cheers!

Merlot is one of many fine selections to emerge from an ongoing Redbud breeding program at North Carolina State University. To produce the novel tree, Dr. Dennis Werner pollinated a drought-tolerant Texas Redbud, 'Texas White', with a purple-leaved Eastern Redbud, 'Forest Pansy'. More than 100 seedlings from this pairing were produced, and those seedlings were grown on to produce 100 more seedlings of their own. Merlot was selected from this second batch. From its 'Forest Pansy' grandfather, it got its rich purple color, and from its 'Texas White' grandmother it got its compact habit and superior drought resistance.

How to use Merlot Redbud in the landscape?

Merlot Redbud becomes more subdued in summer, the purple foliage often turning bronzy-green. In fall, the leaves transition to gold with hints of caramel and burgundy. A tidy, small-growing tree, Merlot is great for patio plantings, mixed borders, foundation beds, areas under power lines, or anyplace you need a pop of color.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Merlot Redbud

Redbuds are beautiful woodland-like trees and they are incredibly easy to grow. This is the only tree that flowers on their bark. This means that the vibrant pinkish-purple blooms will appear on their trunk as well as on their branches. They bloom in April and their floral display is like no other flowering tree! A site in full sun will bring out the most intense color of the Merlot Redbud leaves, though this tree will also grow in part shade.

How To Water

Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements Watering System to deliver a steady supply of moisture to the roots during the critical first couple of years of establishment. Merlot will be somewhat drought tolerant after that, but its foliage will look its best with regular water.

How To Fertilize

Redbuds like fertilizer! During fall, feed your Redbud Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

How To Prune

Due to the small stature of the Merlot Redbud, pruning is not necessary. However, if you feel a cut is needed, have no fear - Redbuds are easy to prune and respond well!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-7


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Elisa LeNoir
5-6 ft. Merlot Redbud - Very happy!

Our tree was delivered 5 weeks ago - we planted it within a week of arrival. We ordered the Elements Guarantee bundle to go with it, which was great. The watering element has been very helpful. The tree arrived healthy and so far is doing really well. Can't wait for next Spring's bloom!

Hello Elisa -
Thank you so much for your wonderful words :) Your Merlot looks super happy in its new home! If you ever have any questions about your tree, please don't hesitate to ask! We hope you enjoy your tree for years to come!
- Bower & Branch Plant Whisperers

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