This plant was a gift from Arthur Wrede, Maryland's King of the Reds. He gave the seedling to Rick Goodenough several years ago and Rick has had success in using it in his red breeding efforts. It passes along the red flash in the leaves that only lasts a short time in spring, but the petioles remain red throughout the season. 'Redback Tavern' is out of Arthur's 'Miss Susie' lines and it also passes along very nice wavy edges even though it has only moderate waviness.
'Redback Tavern' is a breeder's dream to get more red into the leafbacks.