This time of year, the idea of vacation becomes reality, as many count the days until the family car or truck is loaded with clothes, beach towels, fishing tackle, hiking boots, rafting gear, body boards, and SPF 5 to 50. The best vacations resorts are not necessarily the biggest or the most expensive. In fact, the best resorts offer great value and a combination of amenities as well as proximity to attractions like beaches, mountains, and entertainment. While many enjoy the peak season and pile into vacation spots on all the hottest weeks, including the 4th of July, others are more discerning. All good resorts know and practice the wisdom of catering to the discerning, pre-peak season vacationers with great deals and promotions.
The Eastern Redbud Resorts are no exception to the rules of great resorts. In fact, they have occassionally received criticism for being early birds with their pre-season marketing. Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud, was termed "Liar" by the native Cherokee Indians. These early critics scoffed at Eastern Reduds' tendency to be the first bloomers of spring. The Cherokee warned that anyone who made big decisions based on the early spring marketing of Eastern Redbuds were considered fools and risked being nipped by an early spring frost while pre-maturely basking in the freshness of spring.
The standard pitch for the Eastern Redbud Resorts begins as early as March and can last through May. The advertising blitz begins subtly, branch by branch, with soft clusters of blossoms that eventually overtake the whole network. Before long, Eastern Redbuds are bright with colorful and well canvassed marketing material in pinks, reddish-purples, and even in white. The genius of this campaign is in being among the first to be noticed against the grim backdrop of other deciduous trees and brown flower beds that have yet to bear their attractive emblems. By the time her competitors get on the playing field, Eastern Redbud is even brighter as her leaves bear out behind her colorful blooms, to provide an eye catching contrast.
Eastern Redbud's flagship resort, Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' defines the brand with its combination of class, beauty, and every-man accessibility.The largest in the resort chain, Forest Pansy grows to around 30' tall and 25' wide. Modest in size compared to its larger competitors, this deciduous ornamental plays to its strengths as an understory forest tree or as a decorative lawn accent. She flourishes in partial shade or full sun environments, and is adaptable to well draining soil types, so long as they are not too coarse and sandy. A drought resistant tree, 'Forest Pansy' strives to maintain an environmentally friendly record.A trait further emphasized by the fact that she is a member of the pea or legume family and is able to extract nitrogen directly from the air and is not nearly as dependent upon nitrogen based fertilizers in the soil as her competition.Her branches are often low growing on her trunk, while 'Forest Pansy' boasts her signature style with purple, heart-shaped leaves.
Eastern Redbud has sought to distinguish itself from other cookie-cutter brands, by diversifying its resort portfolio. The second resort in our feature puts the exclamation on this point with Cercis canadensis 'Rising Sun.' The striking feature of this smaller beauty is in the color of her leaves that follow her soft, light purple blooms. The first leaves to flourish on her branches emerge as an earthy, glowing orange, like the first colors of day break. Then emerge leaves of gentle, golden yellow, and then leaves of soothing lime. For a time, 'Rising Sun' shines her brilliance with all three leaf colors at one time, before setting in a single and inviting light of lime. The closest sister resort to 'Rising Sun' is 'Ace of Hearts.' This Eastern Redbud develops full with little to no pruning; proudly showing its surreal roof shingle layered bright green leaves.
When Eastern Redbud execs decided to discover new directions for its resort brand, they reached out to horticulturist and plant breeder Dr. Dennis Werner of NCSU. Among Dr. Werner's developments are two distinguished stop-over's, 'Ruby Falls' and 'Merlot.' More bed and breakfast than resort, 'Ruby Falls' grows to an average 6'x4' and is the first tree to be both a weeper and to have purple foliage.There is time to buy into this still new resort, as she and her sister resort 'Merlot' were developed as recently as 2011.'Merlot' is a 12'x15' grower with structure similar to 'Forest Pansy' but designed to be more drought and heat tolerant, thanks to Dr. Werner's genius in combining the best of Eastern Redbud and its Texas cousin.
No matter what your vacation preferences, we are sure that you will find a place that best suits your needs in the Eastern Redbud Resorts. Call us today and one of our Wise Nurseries representatives will be happy to help you book the Eastern Redbuds to suit your plans. The decision you make for the right Redbud today will pay you back next spring and for months and years to come.
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