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CERCIS canadensis (LAVENDER TWIST™)

Image of Cercis canadensis 'Covey' (LAVENDER TWIST™) PP10328

James H. Schutte

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

CERCIS canadensis 'Covey'(LAVENDER TWIST™) PP10328

Plant Common Name

Eastern Redbud, Lavender Twist™ Eastern Redbud

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-10' / 1.2m - 3.0m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    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

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Weeping

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes