• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 12 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dwarf Habit
    Blooms:
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SER-sis kan-a-DEN-sis
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 12 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis true dwarf redbud has very small unique stacked leaves reminiscent of shingles on a roof, making a striking accent tree for smaller sized gardens, or to anchor a mixed bed in a larger landscape. Under-plant with colorful late spring and summer blooming bulbs or perennials to brighten the dappled shade created as the deep green canopy of leaves emerges. Create an allee with two rows on a back lawn area leading to a forest, natural area or secret garden. Feature against a backdrop of evergreen trees or shrubs, or against a dark wall, where the clusters of light violet flowers on its bare-branches will provide welcome color in early spring.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers deep, slightly alkaline, moist, well-drained sandy loams. Benefits from light shade in hotter regions. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth emerges in late winter to early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    A true genetic dwarf redbud, the cultivar named 'Ace of Hearts' was discovered in a cultivated area of 300-400 Cercis canadensis seedlings planted in 1997. The parents of seedlings are unknown. 'Ace of Hearts' was selected in 2000 for its distinctive dwarf, compact habit; small, semi-glossy, heart-shaped leaves; and dense, dome-shaped canopy. While other redbud trees require some selective pruning to obtain a desirable shape, 'Ace of Hearts' requires no pruning to maintain its dense, domed shape. U.S. plant patent #17,161 was issued in October, 2006.
    Lore:
    Dwarf variety, perfect for smaller gardens. Showy clusters of sweet pea-like blooms arrive in spring before the heart-shaped leaves emerge. Forms a lush canopy of deep green foliage, changing to bright yellow in fall. Requires no pruning to maintain unique shape. Deciduous.

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