Cercis canadensis 'NCCC1'
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
 small tree
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:white and green and pink
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist but well-drained
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Eastern redbud is a lovely, deciduous, small tree or a large shrub where the word “love” is the key feature. Why? Because its leaves are in a perfect shape of a heart that we are used to drawing as an icon. There are quite a few varieties in trade today and they vary by leaf colour or plant habit or size. I am sure you can find a variety suitable for your garden.

CAROLINA SWEETHEART™ redbud is like fireworks glowing with several colours at once. This darling was developed in cooperation with the Star Roses and Plants Nursery by Thomas G. Ranney from North Carolina State University in the USA, who is also known in our country thanks to his of wonderful Storm™ series of quince.

It is a cross between varieties Forest Pansy with maroon leaves and Silver Cloud with silver variegated green leaves. The result is a fantastically coloured, deciduous shrub with broadly ovate to heart-shaped, matte leaves 6-10 cm across. Newly emerging leaves are a striking shade of pink in early spring, turning white with dark green centers. The transition between white and green is not sharp or mottled, more like sparkled. In summer dark green leaves take on a deep maroon tone in full sun and new leaves come out in a bright garnet red shade. From late summer new leaves and white margins on mature foliage gain vivid pink shades which last until autumn. In early spring, tiny, bright pink, pea-like flowers appear on miniature stalks on the bare wood.

It grows moderately (30-40 cm per year) into a broadly funnel-shaped shrub with slightly arching ends. You can grow it as a multi-stemmed shrub or a single-stemmed tree. Young branches tolerate trimming and pruning, but older plants dislike cutting into old wood which might result in fungi infection. CAROLINA SWEETHEART™ is protected by patent No. PP27712 from 2017.

Eastern redbud is relatively soil tolerant but does best in moist but well-drained soil. We have experienced a specific sunscorch of the youngest leaves on CAROLINA SWEETHEART™ during very hot and sunny late June days due to high UV radiation. Still, when it happens affected leaves always fall off and are quickly replaced by new and healthy ones. It resents transplanting. For the best foliage colour grow it in full sun, young plants benefit from some shelter from drying winds. It is hardy to min. -29 °C (USDA zone 5), possibly yet a few degrees lower.

Last update 29-08-2023

  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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