Cercis canadensis 'HEARTS OF GOLD'®

Cercis canadensis
Cercis canadensis 'HEARTS OF GOLD'®
Eastern redbud, love tree
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:yellow a green
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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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.

  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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