Time, science, and a little luck needed to make a profitable tree

Denny Werner

Georgina Werner wants her husband to make her a tree. Not just any tree. She has a beautiful Texas Traveller redbud (Cercis canadensis ’Traveller’) in her front yard, but she thinks it would be nicer if it had purple leaves. The problem is ‘Traveller’ redbud trees aren’t purple but green and they don’t produce viable seeds. An impossible barrier except Georgina is married to Dr. Denny Werner, renowned redbud breeder at NC State University. Denny explained that with enough time, patience, and a little luck his wife may get her tree. Continue reading …