Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’

(Hearts of Gold Redbud)

Size Price
25-GALLON-A $379.99
25-GALLON $229.99

Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Hearts of Gold’ is a golden-leaved cultivar that was discovered growing in a garden at a private residence in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2002. ‘Hearts of Gold’ is primarily distinguished from other redbuds by (a) its attractive golden foliage and (b) its ability to produce flower buds on one-year old whips. It typically grows to 10′ tall over the first 5 years, eventually maturing over time to 20-25′ tall. Clusters of tiny, reddish-purple, pea-like flowers bloom for 2-3 weeks in early spring (March-April) before the foliage emerges. Flower buds are produced on one year whips, whereas flower buds on most other cultivars of this species appear only after two or three years. Fruits (flattened legumes) on this cultivar are rarely produced.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)



Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Part shade is best in hot summer climates. Performs best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. Avoid wet or poorly drained soils. Since this tree does not transplant well, it should be planted when young and left undisturbed.

In full sun locations, the foliage retains good golden color until gradually changing to chartreuse as the summer progresses. In part shade locations, the foliage acquires a greener chartreuse coloration as summer progresses. Golden foliage is considered to be burn-resistant in full sun.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Hearts of Gold Redbud

Botanical Name

Cercis canadensis 'Hearts of Gold'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


20 to 25 ft.


25 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color

Rose purple



Foliage Color

Gold to chartreuse

Deer Resistant


Fall Color


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