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Cercis ‘Whitewater’

Cercis canadensis

Cercis canadensis ‘Whitewater’ is a stunning redbud from the talented Dr. Dennis Werner of North Carolina. A combination of vivid variegation with a broadly weeping habit makes this a tree that can make a statement. Deep rose-purple pea-shaped flowers cover bare branches April to May followed closely by heart-shaped leaves that emerge mainly white with some flecks of green and mature to mostly green with flecks of white. The weeping habit simply adds to the appeal of this lovely small tree, average height and spread at maturity approximately 6′ tall and 2′-3′ in width.

For other examples of the brilliant Cercis breeding from Dr. Dennis Werner see; ‘Ruby Falls’ weeping mahogany leaf variety and ‘Merlot’ a semi-upright vase-shaped variety. Both share drought tolerance once established, both hold their color in the heat and are excellent for smaller yards, patios, and large containers. All are unique and sure to add interest to any setting.

Origin: USA

Description / Plant Notes:

  • USDA Zone 6 (-10°F or -23°C)
  • Dark rose-purple sweet pea-like blooms borne on the bare stems in early spring
  • Deciduous, heart-shaped leaves emerge pure white developing green as the leaves expand
  • Upright vase-shaped habit, 6′ x 4′
  • The perfect weeping tree for smaller sized yards

Patent Status: PP 23,998

PK Sheet
USDA Zone: 6 - 9
Height: 60 to 72-inches
152 to 183-centimeters
Spread: 40 to 48-inches
102 to 122-centimeters
Seasons: Early Spring
Flower Colors: Purple-pink
Foliage Colors: Variegated, White, Green
Light Levels: Partial-Sun, Semi-Shade
Growth Habit: Upright-arching
Usage: Containers, Garden border, Gardens, Landscapes, Mass landscape planting, Pots
Patent Status: PP 23,998
Origin: USA

Grower Culture

Media: Well-draining media
Water: Well-Drained to Moderate
Crop Timing from Rooted Liners:
3-gallon: 78 to 104-weeks with 1 ppp