Eastern Redbud, Canadian Redbud, Judas Tree 'Hearts of Gold'

Cercis canadensis

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
Registered or introduced: 2004



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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.


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.