New Redbud (Cercis) Cultivar Released

New Redbud (Cercis) CultivarExpanding upon the redbud cultivars previously released in his research program (‘Ruby Falls’, ‘Merlot’, and ‘Whitewater’), Dr. Dennis Werner has introduced a new cultivar to the line-up of currently available offerings.  ‘Pink Pom Poms’ is a unique redbud derived from hybridization of the double-flowered ‘Flame’ (eastern redbud) with a popular cultivar of Texas redbud ‘Oklahoma’.  ‘Pink Pom Poms’ has reddish-purple flower color, double flowers, and small glossy leaves typical of the Texas rebud.  ‘Pink Pom Poms’ is also female sterile, and sets no unsightly seed pods.  ‘Pink Pom Poms’  is a distinct  improvement over the cultivar ‘Flame’, previously the only other double-flowered cultivar available.  ‘Pink Pom Poms’ was developed in conjunction with Hidden Hollow Nursery in Belvidere, TN.

Plants of ‘Pink Pom Poms’ are available from only a single mail-order source in spring, 2014, but will be available from additional sources in late spring, 2015.