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Cercis canadensis Carolina Sweetheart® (Eastern Redbud)

Carolina Sweetheart® Cercis, Eastern Redbud Carolina Sweetheart®, Cercis canadensis 'NCCC1', Carolina Sweetheart® Variegated Purple-Leaf Redbud


Prized for its variegated foliage, Cercis canadensis Carolina Sweetheart® (Eastern Redbud) is a deciduous, often multi-trunked tree adorned with a rounded crown. A profusion of pea-like pink flowers held in clusters cover the bare branches in the spring, before the foliage emerges, creating a most dramatic display. The foliage of elegant, heart-shaped leaves emerges a rich purple in spring and gradually turns various shades of white, green, and hot pink, eventually, turning green in the summer. As the leaves drop, they reveal the pleasing silhouette of this eastern redbud. A great specimen or small flowering tree for the garden or woodlands. Developed through the combined efforts of NCNLA and NC State University.

  • Grows up to 20-30 ft. tall (600-900 cm) and 30 ft. wide (900 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this Redbud is easily grown in well-drained soils. Performs best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. Best flower production is obtained in full sun, but part shade is best in hot summer climates. Needs a winter chill before the flowers set properly.
  • Perfect choice as a specimen plant or for shrub borders.
  • Attracts birds, butterflies, and bees.
  • Generally pest free. Watch for canker, verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew, and blights. Deer resistant.
  • Does not transplant well. It should be planted when young and left undisturbed.
  • Needs very little pruning. Remove diseased, damaged congested, or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Cercis canadensis species is native to eastern and central North America from Connecticut to New York to southern Ontario and the Great Lakes south to western Texas and Florida.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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