Carolina Sweetheart is an excellent example of a modern Eastern Redbud. The main attraction is the multi-coloured heart-shaped leaves. These are a dark purple when they emerge in late spring, but change to green over the summer, splashed with pink and white.
It also features a profusion of small rosy purple flowers in mid-spring. These are borne on bare branches, before the leaves.
Carolina Sweetheart will eventually become quite a large tree - up to 6m high and similar spread. If left to its own devices it will usually become multi-stemmed.
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Like all Cercis, Carolina Sweetheart does best in full sun, and needs a well-drained soil.
Carolina Sweetheart was developed by the North Carolina State University in collaboration with Star Roses and Plants Nursery.