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Get everything you love in a classic redbud...just in a smaller, more compact form. With the Merlot Redbud Tree, you get a phenomenal hybrid with classic blooms and twist of lustrous purple leaves that delight all summer.
Plus, the Merlot delivers excellent drought tolerance and glossier foliage that stands up to summer heat with ease. These vibrant red-purple leaves give the Merlot its name, with outstanding color that's second to none.
First, the Merlot shines with red-pink blossoms...then you get the deep, dark purple color that's truly unmatched.
And the best part? When you order your Merlot Redbud from Brighter Blooms, you get a reliable, proven performer. Unlike the trees offered at big-box nurseries, your Merlot arrives with a deep, well-developed root system.
Especially since we've taken care to ensure that your Merlot Redbud has the best head start.
Best of all, our larger Merlot Redbud sizes can bloom as soon as the first season in your landscape. The only catch is that they sell out very quickly...so, don’t wait - buy your Merlot Redbud Tree today!
1. Planting: Select an area with well-drained soil and full sun to partial sun (4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight with some afternoon shade).
Dig a hole twice as wide as the diameter and as deep as your tree’s root ball. Place your tree, backfill the soil, and water to settle the tree’s roots. Finally, spread 3 to 4 inches of mulch over the planting site to conserve moisture.
2. Watering: During the first year, water your tree about once or twice weekly. If you’re not sure when to water, check the surrounding soil to about 3 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it’s time to water your tree.
After the first year, your Redbud can thrive on rainfall alone, but we recommend that you continue to check the soil. Soil should remain moist about 3 inches down.
3. Fertilizing: In early spring, apply compost or a complete fertilizer, such as 5-10-5. Spread evenly around the root zone of the plant according to the label instructions.
4. Pruning: Prune the tree in early summer after the tree is done blooming. Begin by removing any larger lower branches and branches that cross over each other or rub together.
Cut off the branches close to the trunk without leaving any stubs. If several branches need to be removed, remove gradually over a few months. In late winter, prune any dead or damaged wood and remove any shoots that are growing from the bottom of the trunk.