Cercis also known as redbud. the are a large shrub or can be a tree shape, the have beautiful heart shaped leaves and they tend to flower before the leaves open in early to late spring. Cercis Hearts of gold flowers are fantastic lavender purple and appear on the bare wood and are the first signs of spring. New leaves emerge red turning to gold or green in the shade.To plant redbuds they like well drained soil in sun or part shade. To grow and maintain cercis they can be pruned in late winter or early spring before the leaves appear.