Ruby Falls Redbud Growth Process & Easy Gardening Tips
Ruby Falls Redbud is a large flowering shrub variety of weeping tree which is also known as Weeping Redbud, Eastern Redbud, Love Tree (due mainly to its heart shaped leaves) and scientifically as Cersis Canadensis.
It is said to be the “offspring” of Forest Pansy and Lavender Twist (Covey) from which scientists from North Carolina hybridized it in 2001.
From among the seeds that germinated from the cross-pollination of Forest Pansy and Lavender Twist, Ruby Falls Redbud was the most beautiful. Its rich purple to burgundy color is thought to be derived from the purple leaf colors of the Forest Pansy and its weeping growth form was inherited from .
Important Note: Weeping trees are called such due to their branches and leaves that grow downwards resembling a weeping person. If left unpruned or trimmed, they will grow as low as touching the ground.
Ruby Falls Redbud flowers are reddish purple in color and are at times lavender too which might be due to its Lavender Twist genes. This particular tree is very hardy and can withstand very cold temperatures down to -5 degrees F without dying or drying too much.
They are best planted in a moist and well-watered soil and are found all over the USA. There is also a variety of Ruby Falls Redbud in Asia and in Greece.
During summer, the leaves turn to greenish purple. In the fall, their color becomes golden yellow to red orange as they start to fall down. Winter makes the leaves disappear but bounce back with marvelous splendor as spring comes in.
Redbud’s colorful appearance make it a favorite garden ornament of landscapers. It is a relatively small tree having a height of 8 feet but can grow up to 25 feet if not pruned. It spreads to a width of 182 cm and to even larger than its expected height if not trimmed.
While other weeping trees look creepy, the Ruby Falls Redbud shrub stands majestic and beautiful. You can actually mistake it for the Japanese Cherry Blossom because of its somewhat reddish pink. This is a great tree to care for.
Planting and Maintaining a Ruby Falls Redbud
Ruby Falls Redbud is easy to grow. This shrub only needs full sun and watering every 3 days. Plant it in moist soil where the sun can fully nourish it. The flowers start to come out by early spring and stop at the end of spring itself (late March to late April) when the foliage begins to develop. And every autumn the leaves also begin to drop and totally disappear when the cold season comes.
Pruning is very important when maintaining a garden tree and Ruby Falls Redbud isn’t an exception. With such beautiful burgundy red colors, it is best to always trim the leaves and prune the stems whenever the tree becomes a little heavy to look at.
Make it a habit to cut dry stems or diseased branches so as not to spread the problem to the whole tree. Disinfect the cut portion with alcohol after every pruning.
Keep watch of pests that might attack the leaves. They may cause disease in the tree. It is best avoided by removing these plant eaters early rather than relying on pesticides to kill them once they grow in numbers and eat up most of your Ruby Falls tree. There is no need to spray on. They can grow productively with just sunshine and water.
Some More Ruby Falls Redbud Facts
According to some growers, Ruby Falls Redbud flowers are also edible and can be eaten raw and added to salads. It is also amazingly fragrant. Ruby Falls, as the other Redbud trees, live only for a maximum of 20 years and they look even more droopy and weeping as they age.
Easiest Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs to Grow
If you are new to gardening, you will likely be looking for easy, practical, and basic things to grow. You will want seeds that don’t require you to be an expert, and also have a ton of return for your dishes (and subsequently, your stomach). We want to show you how to grow fruits, veggies, and herbs that even a beginner can grow and eat.
This vegetable is my personal favorite. It is juicy, delicious, and can be paired with just about anything. Are you making a sandwich? Use a tomato. Are you making pasta? You’ll need some fresh tomatoes (preferably from your garden!). Are you making breakfast? It can be even better with a tomato!
If summer has a flavor, it has to be this juicy goodness. There is nothing better than a freshly grown fruit straight from the vine to slice up for countless meals. The best news about tomatoes is that they grow all year long, so they are not seasonal as most produce is. You only need four things to nurture these babies: heat, full sun, water, and fertile soil. If there isn’t much rain at any point, water them with a hose and fertilize regularly (preferably with organic fertilizer). Being annual produce is one of the things that makes them so easy to grow.
Tomatoes are one of the most adaptable foods around. They are so good for you as well as so tasty, especially when they’re fresh. For breakfast, slice them up and have them on the side, or add them into your eggs, or even use them to bake a breakfast casserole. For lunch, chop them up and throw them into a salad of your choice (my favorite is caprese). For dinner, make fresh tomato sauce for your pasta or add them to a stir-fry meal. For a snack or dessert, throw them in a smoothie. Tomatoes are the gift that keeps on giving!
Helpful Tip: Tomatoes can be grown in even the smallest spaces. You can do this by staking the tomato plants to save space and make picking them a breeze.
Fun fact: many people believe that tomatoes are vegetables, but they are actually considered part of the fruit family!
Peppers need the same growing conditions as tomatoes: heat, full sun, water, and nutritious soil. These veggies are so useful and can also be used pretty much in anything. They add so much flavor to dishes and when they are eaten raw they can be a healthy and delicious snack. If you want to grow sweet peppers, choose bell or banana peppers. If you prefer some heat, try Ancho pepper, jalapeno, or habaneros, which are the hottest.
Peppers can add not only color but flavor to your food life. They can be cut up into strips and eaten with hummus, combined into a salad, seasoned and roasted to use as a vegetable side; they can be added to soups and stews, you can make a whole meal out of stuffed bell peppers, they can be added to pizza and hot or cold plates of pasta. There are endless ways that peppers can enhance or create your favorite meals.
This herb is incredibly fragrant. It is a very common and well-loved herb to have in gardens for people who love to cook, and it is very easy to grow and then use! If you love basil, which many of us do, you’ll begin to feel that you can’t plant enough. You will forever ditch that store bought stuff, and go instead with the homegrown, organic stuff by the bunches.
I have seen people grow basil in a container on the sun-drenched windowsill above the kitchen sink, in small garden planters sitting on their back porch, or in their gardens next to the fruits and veggies. All this tasty herb needs to thrive is a sunny spot. It is at it’s best in the heat, so think about growing in the Spring or Summer.
All the ways to use fresh basil are endless. You can get as creative as you’d like– the food world is at your feet! One of my favorite ways to use basil is to create pesto with it. You can whip this up in only a few ingredients and get that fresh basil into your belly! You can pair basil with watermelon, use it with drinks, or create a bruschetta appetizer with it. Use it for veggie soups, or put it in salads. The possibilities are limitless!
Beans are some of the most filling veggies out there. They grow in so many colors, shapes, and sizes. This veggie will add to the beauty and deliciousness of any garden. Have fun choosing which unusual varieties you’ll plant. Green bean pods come in standard green as well as yellow, purple and speckled.
Green beans can go in soups, salads, sandwiches, casseroles, omelets, on pizza, seasoned as a veggie side dish, on pasta, cooked with various kinds of fish, eaten as snacks, baked, cooked on the stovetop, eaten in tacos, and so much more. The variations are endless, but we promise you this– fresh green beans from your garden beat canned green beans any day!
Since store-bought berries are on the more expensive side, you may be happy to hear that raspberries are easy to grow. One of the best parts of adding these to your home garden is the fact that you can simply walk outside and pick them, then pop them in your mouth! They come in all different tones and shades. Everything from red, to pink, to black, to yellow, to purple, and everything in between. You can plant a little bit of each and they will all have different ripening times depending on their color. This means you can pick raspberries at any time of the year!
You can eat berries by making homemade parfaits, fruit salads, in tarts, or as a yummy breakfast. You will be amazed at how incredible fresh berries are on their own!
Final Thoughts on the Ruby Falls Redbud
Ruby Falls Redbud weeping tree helps to create a delightful view in any garden or backyard. This shrub is one great species produced by science marrying two equally attractive weeping redbud trees.
If there is any large shrub that you should think of buying and growing, Ruby Falls Redbud is well worth a try.
We hope our featured article has been a good help in your quest for finding the best weeping tree.
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