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Cercis canadensis Hearts of Gold


Perfect for a smaller garden

A light and brightly coloured flowering tree. Pea-like reddish-purple flowers appear on its bare stems in spring, followed by crisp yellow heart-shaped leaves emerging from red buds. The leaves turn golden yellow as they mature.


Perfect for hedges or adding brightness to a dark corner. Grows best in full sun or partial shade.


A low maintenance tree that will tolerate almost any situation, so long as it is watered well in the first year. It is happy in most well-drained soil types.

Cercis Hearts of Gold was first found in the USA.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 500 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 510 cm - 600 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Check store availability

10 litre pot £34.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From February to September