PlantHaven is supporting Honey Creek Nursery, which entered cercis ‘Merlot’ and ‘Ruby Falls’ in the fashion show.
The new cercis are from a 10-year, ongoing breeding program by Dr. Dennis Werner of North Carolina State University.
‘Merlot’ has outstanding glossy purple foliage and a tight, dense habit. It has proven to be more heat and drought tolerant than cercis ‘Forest Pansy,’ making it a good choice for the Southern United States.
‘Ruby Falls’ has large, heart-shaped purple foliage. Breakthrough breeding has produced the first purple redbud developed with a unique weeping habit. It is a good weeping tree for smaller yards and also suitable for large patio containers.
For more information on these two new varieties, contact Keith Manbeck at 805-569-0502 or eMail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sweet Melissa Fashion Show is a benefit for the Sweet Melissa fund, which helps lung transplant receipients. The show will be hosted by Dr. Michael and Bonnie Dirr, and will feature new plants for 2011. Following the show, the plants will be auctioned off in a silent auction benefitting the Sweet Melissa Fund.