Ace of Hearts Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Ace of Hearts' PP #17,161

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.
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Botanical PronunciationSER-sis kan-a-DEN-sis
LoreDwarf 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 12 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Spring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Fall Color, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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