James H. Schutte
CERCIS canadensis 'Covey'(LAVENDER TWIST™) PP10328
Plant Common Name
Eastern Redbud, Lavender Twist™ Eastern Redbud
The weeping Lavender Twist™ is an especially beautiful and unusual small redbud. This markedly winter-hardy tree has contorted branches that droop to the ground. In spring they become covered with lavender-pink redbud flowers. It was developed by Cornelia Covey of Brotzman's Nursery, Inc. in Madison, Ohio.
Eastern redbud is certainly one of the most beautiful of the North American deciduous trees. In the wild, it is distributed in lowlands and uplands across eastern and central North America. Its has very distinctive large, heart-shaped leaves that are often tinted with purple when they first emerge, turn medium green shortly after and then yellow in fall. In spring, before the leaves emerge, its red-brown branches become covered with clusters of small, sweetpea-like flowers of lavender-pink. These are followed by dark brown seed pods that persist well after the leaves fall in autumn.
Grow this fine tree in sites with full to partial sun and fertile, well-drained, but evenly moist, soil. It can also grow in shadier sites but will not develop a full robust canopy in an understory. It is a fine small specimen tree for more formal gardens.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 6
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Full Sun, Partial Sun
4'-10' / 1.2m - 3.0m
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
Early Spring, Spring
Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Southwestern United States, Canada
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter