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PlantFiles: Eastern Redbud, Canadian Redbud, Judas Tree
Cercis canadensis 'Hearts of Gold'

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cercis (SER-sis) (Info)
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Hearts of Gold
Additional cultivar information: (PP17740)
Hybridized by Roethling

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ultraviolet32 On Jun 14, 2010, ultraviolet32 from Toronto
Canada wrote:

This tree is - hands down - the most prized possession in my entire yard. I knew I had to have it when I first saw a picture of it on the net. Not that easy to find around here (Toronto, Canada) and not at all reasonably prized (I paid close to $300 for a 7 gallon) but I absolutely ADORE the leaf shape, size and colour. I've only had it for about 2.5 months now but it is doing beautifully in a sunny spot with eastern exposure. The only thing I am slightly concerned about is that on very sunny days the leaves start drooping quite a bit. I do water it frequently since it is its first season but that doesn't seem to alleviate the 'drooping in the sun' (see picture)... Anybody have any ideas as to why this is happening? Thanks!

Positive linjasar On Jun 26, 2008, linjasar from Upper Saint Clair, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I really love this little tree. I just planted it this year. It is planted in the shade and the color is still great! Hope it makes the winter.

Neutral ViburnumValley On Dec 3, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is an extraordinary new redbud for landscape use. As an examination of the photos will conclude, it has eye-popping golden foliage on the new growth. Hearts of Gold redbud has not been available long enough to evaluate its long term value to the world of ornamental plants, but it will provide quite the splash in any garden to which it is added.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

American Canyon, California
Forest Falls, California
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Oak Ridge, North Carolina
Belvidere, Tennessee
Winchester, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas

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