Flame Thrower redbud wins big at Chelsea Flower Show
Flame Thrower, known as Eternal Flame in the UK, won Plant of the Year at the 2021 Chelsea Flower Show.
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Flame Thrower redbud wins big at Chelsea Flower Show

The Star Roses and Plants introduction took home the Plant of the Year award.


Flame Thrower Cercis from Star Roses and Plants has won Plant of The Year 2021 at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, which took place Sept. 21-26.

“The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the world’s most prestigious horticultural events and we’re thrilled that Flame Thrower was recognized as the most exciting, innovative and diverse new plant of 2021,” says Bradd Yoder, president of Star Roses and Plants. 

Sold as Eternal Flame in the United Kingdom and Europe, Flame Thrower Cercis (‘NC2016-2’) is a result of Dr. Denny Werner’s breeding and developed by the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. Werner is a JC Raulston Distinguished Professor of Horticultural Science and plant breeder at North Carolina State University. Flame Thrower was introduced through Star Roses and Plants in 2019.

Flame Thrower is a highly impressive redbud that turns heads with its bold foliage colors. Its stunning color display is persistent throughout the season, often showing hues of reds, oranges, yellows and greens all on a single branch. The intensity of colors changes throughout the seasons with reds and oranges more prominent in spring, followed by yellows and greens in summer.

The eye-catching display is a color breakthrough for the Cercis category. Not only will the foliage give you color throughout the season, but clusters of pink blooms are also produced in early spring for added garden appeal. This tree will grow to about 15-20’ and will perform best in zones 5-9.

To learn more about Flame Thrower Cercis and other Star Roses and Plants’ introductions, visit https://bit.ly/3dJIyNa. To learn more about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, visit https://bit.ly/3ikcQZ3.

To learn more about Flame Thrower Cercis supply and availability, contact your Star Roses and Plants Territory Manager to place your order or visit the industry professionals page at https://bit.ly/39LUMT1.