CERCIS canadensis 'Ace of Hearts' PP17161
Plant Common Name
Ace of Hearts Redbud, Eastern Redbud
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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.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 6
USDA Hardiness Zone
6 - 9
3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m
7'-12' / 2.1m - 3.7m
Early Spring, Spring
North America, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, Canada
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall