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‘Ruby Falls’ Redbud
by Bob Hill - posted 11/15/13

‘Ruby Falls’ weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’)

‘Ruby Falls’ has pinkish flowers in spring.

The weeping purple-burgundy foliage lasts a long time.

Gardeners hungry for great plants in small spaces will quickly welcome the ‘Ruby Falls’ weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’) into their landscapes.

‘Ruby Falls’, bred at North Carolina State University from other purple-leafed redbuds ‘Covey’ and ‘Forest Pansy’, has the strong pink flowers of its parents – and their deep purple to shiny burgundy leaves that fade  to green. 

Then there’s the added attraction of a compact tree that can top out at 8 to 10 feet tall with tightly weeping limbs that can limit it to 6 feet wide – thus providing great ornamental interest all winter.

It’s the perfect tree as a specimen for a small patio area, or underplanted with a tight circle of perennials or ground cover. It offers a case, for a change, where small matters.

Common Name: ‘Ruby Falls’ weeping redbud

Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’

Flowers: Frothy pink in spring

Foliage: Spring burgundy-to-purple fades to green

Size: 6 to 8 feet tall, 4 to 6 feet wide

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Moist, well drained

Watering: Normal

Pruning: Trim carefully in late fall or early spring.

In Your Landscape: Place where you will see it every day of the year.

From Indiana Gardening Volume III Issue VI. Top and bottom right photos: Bob Hill; Left photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, Inc.


Bob Hill is owner of Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden in Utica. See or e-mail him at