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Honey, I shrunk the Redbud! Ace of Hearts Redbud is a pocket-sized version of our beloved native Eastern Redbud tree. This dwarf tree has all the great attributes of its big sisters—soft purple flowers on zigzag branches in spring, clear yellow foliage in fall—but on a compressed framework. Ace of Heart’s leaves are glossy like playing cards and are stacked almost on top of one another, like the losing hand in a game of “Go Fish.” Slip this darling Redbud into any of the planting beds around your home, and it will be the star without overwhelming the space. A row of trees along your property line makes a handsome summer privacy screen.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Spacing: 12-15'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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In 1997, Paul Woody of Morgantown, North Carolina bought 300 to 400 Redbud seedlings to grow on at his nursery for resale a few years later. When the time came to dig the trees in 2000, Woody noticed that two trees were smaller than the rest. Another nurseryman might have grubbed them, thinking they were a couple of duds, but Woody knew better and kept them. It’s a good thing he did! One became ‘Little Woody’ and the other ‘Ace of Hearts’—two pint-sized cuties that are perfect for small gardens.
This dwarf, compact Redbud has light violet pea-like flowers that appear in early spring. Small green heart-shaped leaves soon follow and turn to shades of yellow in fall. An excellent specimen for a small garden or accent in a larger garden.
How to Grow
Ace of Hearts doesn’t like soggy soil, but is adaptable in other respects. It tolerates both acid and alkaline soils, growing naturally in both situations. It flourishes in full sun or part-shade. It can handle winter lows to -15°F or -20°F. It rarely needs pruning. Keep plantings underneath the tree low, to show off its lovely form. Pansies, Creeping Phlox, Woodland Phlox, and mid- to late-season Daffodils all bloom at the same time as Ace of Hearts, and will add another brushstroke of color to an already charming spring picture.
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Size A Trees:
30-36" tall dwarf growing Redbud. Branching and form fully developed. Grown in our #7 or #8 tree container. Mature enough to flower.
Size B Trees:
4-5' tall dwarf growing Redbud. Stem caliper greater than 1 1/2" with well formed branching and structure. A mature tree that will produce flowers your first spring, no waiting. Grown in our #15 tree container.
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