Cercis canadensis ‘HEARTS OF GOLD’®

Eastern redbud (love tree) is a lovely, deciduous, small tree or a large shrub where the word “love” is the key feature. Why? Because its leaves are in a perfect shape of a heart that we are used to draw as an icon. Moreover, a href=”http://www.havlis.cz/karta_en.php?kytkaid=92″>Forest Pansy variety has burgundy red to deep burgundy brown foliage. However, Hearts of Gold® is a fantastic novelty that was found by Jon R.Roethling in private garden in the USA in 2002 and has completely opposite colouring. It is now patented both in the USA under PP17,740 and under PBR No.20061429 in Europe.
Hearts of Gold® has gorgeous, heart-shaped leaves of vivid golden-yellow to yellow-green colour. They are large: 10 cm or more across. When they emerge their colour is honey orange and mature leaves closer to the trunk change to pale, mid green while the tips of the branches still bear yellowish leaves all summer long. This effect makes the plant look fresh during the whole season. Hearts of Gold® has small, pea-like, lavender pink flowers on one-year-old whips in early spring. The plant grows in an open V-shape where only bottom branches are arching or slightly drooping at the ends.
Eastern redbud is commonly pruned when cultivated for the foliage. Hard pruning of minimum 5-year-old plants will result in long, new shoots with very large leaves (but no flowers). Pruning should be done in early spring after the frosts and do not cut more that two thirds of last year’s growth. Extra fertilizing is advisable in this case. If grown on stems you can keep the crown compact by trimming it in the spring, either before flowering or immediately after.
Do not cut into old wood – badly treated cuts may be infected and the plant may die. Eastern redbud is soil tolerant but does best in medium fertile, moist but well-drained soil. It resents transplanting and wet soil. Grow it in full sun or very light shade, shelter young plants from drying winds, if possible. Fully hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5), currently being tested in zone 4.
Last update 09-02-2010.

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Hearts of Gold Redbud

Hearts of Gold Redbud

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Hearts of Gold Redbud flowers

Hearts of Gold Redbud flowers

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Hearts of Gold Redbud in bloom

Hearts of Gold Redbud in bloom

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Height: 20 feet

Spread: 20 feet


Hardiness Zone: 5a

Other Names: Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree


A spectacular and hardy spring bloomer, with very showy fuchsia flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring; coarse gold leaves glow in spring maturing to soft green; a great small ornamental tree for specimen use in the northern landscape

Ornamental Features

Hearts of Gold Redbud has fuchsia pea-like flowers along the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive light green foliage which emerges gold in spring. The heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Hearts of Gold Redbud is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Hearts of Gold Redbud is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Hearts of Gold Redbud will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Cercis canadensis Hearts of Gold

Available Sizes to buy online All Prices Include VAT Height Excluding Pot:
1.25-1.5m (4ft 1-4ft 11)

Pot size: 20 Litres

Plant ID: 6154 2
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Height Excluding Pot:
1.5-1.75m (4ft 11-5ft 8)

Pot size: 20 Litres

Plant ID: 6153 2
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Cercis canadensis Hearts of Gold or Eastern Redbud Tree.
The Cercis canadensis Hearts of Gold is commonly called the Eastern Redbud Tree. It is known for its easy and carefree growth habits plus its striking visual beauty. The tree flowers in the early spring with purple-red flowers before its foliage emerges. The buds open up to display an abundance of tiny purple flowers. In many cases, the Eastern Redbud is the first tree in most gardens to flower each spring.
After flowering, the tree’s foliage starts to appear in shades of red that slowly turn golden as the leaves emerge. Even in the height of summer heat and sun, the tree’s gold colouration does not fade and remains bright. The tree’s heart-shaped leaves that are exposed to direct sunlight exhibit a brilliant yellow colouration and leaves that are shaded from the sun turn to a soft lime green shade.
The tree’s rapid and vigorous growth makes it a popular landscape tree choice. It will usually attain a height of 3 meters in less than five years. When fully grown the Cercis canadensis Hearts of Gold will stand around 6 meters with a canopy width of 6 or slightly more meters. It is a popular specimen tree, but can also be used as a screen or hedge tree.
Eastern Redbuds Trees thrive in full sunlight or partial shade. Once established, the tree requires very little water and can withstand periods of drought. However, when it is first planted, the tree benefits from a regular watering schedule to encourage its roots to establish themselves. During the spring, the tree enjoys application of general purpose fertilizer to encourage healthy growth.
The Cercis canadensis Hearts of Gold trees are notorious for tolerating and thriving in a wide range of soil types. However the tree’s best growth is attained in soil with a neutral pH balance. It is relatively cold hardy and will survive even if the temperature drops to minus 28 degrees Celsius.
Eastern Redbuds can be encouraged to grow as a multi-stemmed tree or a as a single tree specimen. Once the tree’s shape has been decided upon, the tree requires very little pruning to maintain its overall characteristics.
There is very little doubt that the Cercis canadensis Hearts of Gold tree can brighten up even the drabbest of gardens. It looks amazing as a single specimen tree or in a group. Some gardeners opt to plant it near evergreens so that its distinctive gold colours are highlighted and showcased.

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