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CERCIS canadensis 'Ace of Hearts'

Image of Cercis canadensis 'Ace of Hearts' PP17161

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Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

CERCIS canadensis 'Ace of Hearts' PP17161

Plant Common Name

Ace of Hearts Redbud, Eastern Redbud

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General Description

The small heart-like leaves of 'Ace of Hearts' and its more lavender-tinted blossoms really adds cheerful interest to the landscape. This deciduous, small-sized tree originates from eastern and central North America and was selected in 1997 from seedlings growing in Morganton, North Carolina. Prized as both a dwarf specimen or shade tree, it may be multi-stemmed or single-trunked and has a broad, rounded or spreading canopy.

Eastern redbud has very distinctive heart-shaped leaves that turn shades of yellow in fall. Those of 'Ace of Hearts' are coppery when new and young, and are comparatively smaller, semi-glossy, and deep green at maturity in the summertime. Before these leaves emerge in spring, its brown branches become covered with clusters of small, sweetpea-like flowers of pinkish lavender. These may be followed by a scattering of dark brown seed pods that persist into winter. Fall foliage color is mildly interesting with tones of yellow-green.

Grow Ace of Hearts redbud in full to partial sun situations, perhaps providing a bit more shade in the afternoons in hot summer regions. Provide it with fertile, well-drained but evenly moist soil. It is a graceful and soothing small ornamental tree for the foundation bed, naturalistic landscapes as well as small-sized formal gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Width

    7'-12' / 2.1m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    North America, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Fuchsia

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No