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Cercis canadensis 'Hearts of Gold' (Eastern Redbud)

Eastern Redbud 'Hearts of Gold'


Noted for its golden foliage, Cercis canadensis 'Hearts of Gold' (Eastern Redbud) is a deciduous tree with a dense, dome-shaped canopy. Masses of pea-like lavender-purple flowers held in clusters cover the bare branches in the spring, before the foliage emerges, creating a most dramatic display. The cheerful blossoms are on display for 2-3 weeks. Emerging orange-red, the foliage of heart-shaped, semi-glossy leaves, matures to bright gold before fading to chartreuse as the summer progresses. The gold foliage is burn-resistant even in full sun. Unlike most other Cercis canadensis cultivars, 'Hearts of Gold' produces flower buds on one-year old whips. Perfect for hedges or as a specimen, this Eastern Redbud is a wonderful plant for illuminating a shady spot in the garden.

  • Grows up to 10 ft. tall and wide (300 cm) in 5 years, maturing to 20-25 ft. tall (600-750 cm) and 18 ft. wide (540 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 flowers set properly.
  • Perfect choice as a specimen plant or for hedges.
  • Generally pest free. Watch for canker, verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew and blights. Deer tolerant.
  • Does not transplant well. It should be planted when young and left undisturbed.

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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' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Spread 18' (5.4m)
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
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


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' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Spread 18' (5.4m)
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
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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