Ace of Hearts Redbud
Ace of Hearts Redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Ace Of Hearts' Plant Patent #17,161Item #3842 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
A distinctive dwarf redbud, perfect for smaller gardens. Clusters of light violet-pink, sweet pea-like blooms arrive in spring before the distinctive heart-shaped leaves emerge. Forms a dense canopy of dark green foliage that turns brilliant yellow in fall. Requires no pruning to maintain its unique shape. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 12 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SER-sis kan-a-DEN-sisPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 12 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early SpringFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersPatent 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.
- CareCare InformationPrefers 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.