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A redbud variety that loves full sun

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

Well, as soon as you think you’re giving the right information, you find something that makes you back track. Our native redbuds prefer partial shade but driving down Devine Street in Columbia recently, I marveled at the beauty of the redbuds growing in absolute full sun and covered with those dramatic purple flowers (why redbud is the name is a mystery), with even more cauliflory than usual —cauliflory is when flowers grow right out of the branches and trunks. I spoke with Ann Huyler of the City Tree Department who right off the bat told me about them – they are Cercis canadenis variety texensis Oklahoma. There are all sorts of new redbuds in the trade now; this one is spectacular and makes quite a show and seems to be cheerful and health growing in what couldn’t be a harsher location.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.