Betula nigra Dura-Heat® 'BNMTF' (Dura-Heat® River Birch)
Holds its yellow autumn leaves a full month longer than Heritage®. Has glossier leaves, a tighter habit, and better heat tolerance than Heritage® in Zone 9. You already know Earl Cully's Heritage® is a money-making super tree. Try this one for comparison, especially if you're in the Gulf States.
Betula nigra Heritage® 'Cully' (Heritage® River Birch)
Selected by Earl Cully almost 20 years ago for its outstanding peeling bark, extreme hardiness, resistance to borers, and ability to grow in waterlogged or dry soils.
Whether you clump them in a container or grow them as singles, this is among the easiest of plants to finish: even our smallest liners can grow to 5-6 ft. in a single season. Named Urban Tree of The Year for 2002 by the Society of Municipal Arborists.
Cercis canadensis 'Ace of Hearts' (Ace of Hearts Redbud)
An exceptionally attractive, relatively new introduction from TN. With so many new redbuds in the trade, we have to wonder when they will start to look like re-runs, but this is clearly a fine variety. Smaller in stature (12-15 ft. at maturity) than the species, its foliage is set on its branches with Vegas dealer-like precision. This one will grab your heart.
Result of a 'Forest Pansy' x 'Covey' cross, this is a hardy, compact genetic "combo" of purple foliage in a redbud weeper. If you don't mind staking it until it gets to 8 ft. or more, it will reward your efforts with small stature and clearly unique character to make your clients proud.
A new selection that has proven itself with excellent color retention and added resistance to summer leaf scorch than older maroon-leaved cultivars, especially in the heat of the South East. Rosy-purple flowers are followed by red-purple new foliage turning to wine-red burgundy in summer that holds well throughout the fall.
Cercis canadensis The Rising Sun™ 'JN2' (The Rising Sun™ Golden Redbud)
Introduced by Ray and Cindy Jackson. New growth has a light, Pumpkin-orange tint that distinguishes it from the uniformly green-ish-yellow color of 'Hearts of Gold'. In the heat of the Midwest and SE, it doesn't burn; that just makes it grow faster. We think you'll be amazed at its incandescent attractiveness, whether in a wholesale nursery or potted up for direct sale in a GC.
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Avondale Chinese Redbud)
All Chinese redbud varieties are covered with flowers in early spring -even on old branches. This cultivar is more tree-like, has bright rose-purple flowers and shiny leaves. Less hardy than C. canadensis.
The Nation Arboretum's wisdom in testing this for over twenty years is rewarded by superior tree form, 30 feet tall by on 15 feet wide. It has semi-pendulous, single, dark rose-pink flowers opening late in March into early April. One of the best features are red calyces which provide an interesting post-bloom ornamental color boost for a further three weeks after petal drop.