REDBUD ‘Hearts of Gold’

The ‘Hearts of Gold’ Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’) is an exceptional cultivar of the native eastern redbud tree, celebrated for its striking foliage, early spring blossoms, and adaptability. This particular variety stands out with its unique, golden-yellow leaves, offering a brilliant color contrast in landscapes and gardens.

See below for some key features and information.

  • Height and Spread: Typically reaches about 20 to 30 feet in height with a spread of 25 to 35 feet at maturity, showcasing a rounded to vase-shaped growth habit.
  • Leaves: The foliage is the standout feature of this cultivar, with heart-shaped leaves that emerge as a bright gold in spring, transitioning to chartreuse as the season progresses. The leaves provide a stunning contrast against darker foliage plants in the landscape.
  • Flowers: Before the leaves appear in early spring, the branches are covered in small, lavender-pink flowers that are not only beautiful to look at but also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.
  • Fruit: After flowering, it produces small, pea-like pods that can add interest to the tree in late summer and fall.
Habitat and Cultivation
  • Native Range and Adaptability: As a cultivar of Cercis canadensis, ‘Hearts of Gold’ is well-suited to a wide range of environments similar to those of its native counterpart, which spans much of the eastern United States. It is adaptable to urban settings, tolerating urban pollutants and thriving in a variety of soil conditions.
  • Soil and Sunlight: Prefers well-drained soils and is adaptable to both acidic and alkaline pH. For the brightest foliage color, plant in a location that receives full sun to part shade. Too much shade will result in more green than gold leaf coloration.
  • Watering: Moderate watering needs, requiring more frequent irrigation during the first few years to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, it is quite drought-tolerant.
Care and Maintenance
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is required, mainly to remove any dead, damaged, or crossing branches and to maintain its shape. Pruning should be done after flowering to avoid removing the current season’s flowers.
Landscaping Use
  • The ‘Hearts of Gold’ Redbud is highly valued for its decorative appeal and is often used as a specimen or accent tree due to its vibrant foliage and attractive spring flowers. It can also be incorporated into mixed borders or planted in groups to create a dramatic landscape effect.
  • Its moderate size and adaptability make it suitable for a wide range of garden styles and sizes, from small residential gardens to larger public landscapes.


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