Don Egolf Chinese Redbud. Don Egolf has left his indelible mark on the plant world with his many introductions from the National Arboretum, particularly with his Crepe Myrtles. But since his tragic death, the National Arboretum introduced this selection of one of his seedlings in 2000. The National Arboretum reports: "In 1984, open-pollinated seed of Cercischinensis collected from cultivated plants growing in the urban and suburban districts of Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples Republic of China, was sent to the U.S. National Arboretum. After 5 years of field testing, beginning in 1986, research staff noted one plant exhibited a fairly slow-growing compact habit and produced no fruit. This selection was propagated and evaluated in 14 states throughout the U.S. for hardiness, ornamental merit, and invasiveness." I have seen 12" high plants covered in rosy-mauve flowers, but its best trait is that it doesn't set seed. So in the fall, after the leaves have fallen, the branches are clean of the ubiquitous seed pods that are so common with the genus Cercis. The original plant is 9' tall by 9.5' wide after 15 years. This species, C. chinensis, is usually a multi-trunk large shrub or small tree, similar to Crepe Myrtle. It also has the ability to set flower buds up and down its bare trunks. This is a real WINNER!