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Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud

It’s nearly impossible to resist the charm of this tiny, adorable tree. With it’s amazing spring and fall color, and a unique umbrella-shape, Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’) packs a lot of interest into a small plant.

The impact is accentuated by the weeping, twisted branches tipping towards the ground. This tiny tree explodes in the spring with electric lavender flower clusters cascading along the bare, weeping branches in early spring.

You’ll be amazed how quickly hummingbirds and butterflies will flock to its fragrant branches. They’ll adore the early nectar source.

As the season transitions into summer, the density of the Lavender Twists canopy becomes another very attractive feature. Large, dark, heart-shaped leaves cover the plant all through the growing season.

The leaves have a glossy upper surface and will shimmer in the sunlight. The brilliant yellow fall color adds another highlight to the performance.

No matter how large – or how small – your landscape is, there is always room for a Lavender Twist or two.

We sell out of this fabulous tree every single year. If you see it in stock, order today to avoid disappointment!

How to Use Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud in the Landscape

It’s easy to use this versatile, endearing tree in many places in the landscape. It makes an incredible focal point as living sculpture. It can also be used as a very effective accent tree.

Use Lavender Twist to block out unwanted low views in the garden. You can think of it as a cute, little screen to give strategic privacy.

You’ll love the way this pretty plant helps you relax on your patio. Plant it behind a love seat or near a side door to boost your sense of space. Even if you can’t plant it in the ground, it will do well when grown in a container. Use one of the enormous commercial-grade containers available now for decades of enjoyment.

Include one or more in your front yard. It’s wonderful as a small tree in a foundation planting. Try it at the corner of your house, sited 15 feet away from the exterior wall. It will be a graceful accent to welcome guests.

Plant several Lavender Twist along a rocky slope. Then, simply allow the branches to grow long and cascade down to soften the wall. This tree can add a bold touch of drama without much extra care beyond providing water as needed.

Or, use 3, 5 or 7 in a berm (large raised mound) planting. We would advise grouping them into smaller clusters for the most natural look. If you use 7, for instance, try a group of 3 in a loose triangle. Then, give breathing room between another group of 4.

This tree has such a sculptural look with its twisting and turning branches. Give each one some breathing room with at least 10 feet between each plant.

Before you plant, draw out your plan on paper. Once your plants arrive, take another moment to place each tree while it’s still in the container.

You’ll also want to study each of your individual plants. Decide which trees you’ll partner up together. Decide which direction you want each tree to face.

You really, truly can’t go wrong or make a mistake with the Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud.

For a unique screen, plant a row of them 6 – 8 feet apart and let the branches grow down to the ground. This will be an interesting feature all year long. Even in winter, the zigs and zags of the branches will draw your eye.

No matter where you place them, it will look amazing and add so much character. Order now and enjoy!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud Cercis tree does require well-drained soil. If puddles remain on your soil after a rain, or watering, consider elevating the planting area. Add 18 – 24 inches of soil above the native soil line and plant your tree directly in that mound.

Please don’t plant your tree too low in the soil. For container plants, plant it level with the nursery soil line. For bare root, look for the color change (soil line) and plant at that depth.

For best results in warm, dry climates, give protection from the hot afternoon sun. Provide a 3 inch deep layer of mulch. You’ll start about 2 inches away from the trunk and apply mulch thickly all around the tree to a distance of 3 feet outside the canopy. This will keep the root system nice and cool.

Give it regular summer watering. This is especially important in hardiness Zones 9 – 10.

In fall, you’ll appreciate how quickly the leaves drop once the plant goes dormant. This makes fall cleanup a breeze.

Staking Tips for Young Trees

This beautiful plant naturally grows as a 5 foot high groundcover. If left to its own devices, it will spread out over a wide area and can cascade over walls.

But the expert growers at Nature Hills will field train the plant into a small tree with a sturdy trunk that grows upright. The head of the tree will be comprised of downward cascading branches.

Staking Lavender Twist as a young plant will help continue to develop the height of the trunk. Train it grow as tall as you’d like.

We do recommend that you keep it staked until the trunk is at least 4 to 5 feet tall. You can even keep it tied to a 10 foot bamboo pole until the trunk is 8 feet tall.

Check the tying tape regularly to ensure it doesn’t grow too tight. Retie if you need to as your tree trunk thickens up in caliper.

You can also influence the look of the branches with easy pruning techniques.

Pruning Tips for Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud

Prune your tree after flowering to direct the spring growth and allow airflow into the canopy.

As the plant matures, fall pruning is required to remove dead, weak or crossed limbs inside the dense canopy. This will help maintain good airflow.

You also need to decide how you long you want to let the branches grow.

Some people allow the cascading limbs to grow to the ground, where they spread out as ground cover around the base of the tree. This bold look grabs attention in any landscape, especially if you have a slope or rock wall.

Lavender Twist also looks incredible when the straight trunk is exposed. You can prune the lowest branches right back to the main trunk. You can create a manicured umbrella tree by pruning the weeping laterals at the same length all around.

Any way you want to grow it, Lavender Twist creates a spectacular look in the garden. Place your order now!

The Lavender Twist Redbud Will Steal Your Heart

Exquisite lavender flowers adorn wispy branches of the weeping Lavender Twist Redbud tree. Perfectly compact, graceful, and bound to steal your heart, this tree sparks love at first sight.

Something to Weep About

One of the most striking features of the Lavender Twist Redbud Tree is the unique weeping structure. A fountain of beautiful color and dainty petals makes for a gorgeous accent tree.

Delicate flowers are deep pink, and elegantly ornament the very natural flow of gracefully contoured, twisted branch growth. While the structure of the Lavender Twist has a weeping nature, this tree may end up bringing tears of joy, as the uniqueness of this specimen is truly a wonder and delight. The excellent cold hardy-ness of this tree is one more advantage that makes this tree truly a joy to behold.

Dark green, heart shaped leaves are especially charming when illuminated by the early morning sun. Colorful flowers pop out against rich, cultured wood, and emerge mid to early spring. Like something out of a fairy tale, flowers also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. These adorable pea-like gems hang tightly to wispy branches as they cascade to the ground, trailing in the wind like a wedding veil.

Adorably Compact

Compact size keeps the Lavender Twist Tree at 8 feet tall with an 8 foot spread when mature. Taller trees can be staked and pruned, or twisted trunk growth can be nurtured for a droopier specimen. A low canopy is excellent for an urban setting, creating a naturally mystical ambiance. This tree has great character, with hanging branches, interesting habit, and a lattice-like structure.

This weeping redbud is adorably compact, contributing absolutely stunning features to any landscape, while only taking up a small footprint. Adding texture to a landscape is easy with the addition of such a lovely touch of vivacity. Plant a Lavender Twist to cultivate a symphony of color, when incorporated into a diverse backdrop.

Suitable for small gardens, this tree will thrive in a diversity of outdoor environments. Flowers will emerge before leaves flush out, displaying the full, breathtaking spectacle of lavender bloom. Emerging leaves are reddish purple, peeking out along elegant, pendulous branches. Fall in love with the perfect balance of a distinctive tree with colorful flowers, charming leaves, and a wonderful personality.

A Lasting Impression

This cold-hardy tree prepares for winter a bit earlier than most deciduous trees, exposing curiously charming, twisted branches. Come autumn, the once dark green leaves turn to gold before wistfully falling to the ground. Bare branches create a whole new look for the Lavender Twist Redbud, never failing to stand out and captivate an audience.

Morning sun with afternoon shade in well-drained soil creates the perfect growing conditions for the Lavender Twist. Prune during the dormant season, providing structure and support to maintain optimum shape during early growth. Throughout the winter season, the umbrella form makes for a fun silhouette when covered in snow. Then, keep an eye out for lush summer growth, for a dramatic transformation.


The Lavender Twist Redbud Tree (Cercis canadensis ‘Covey™’) is here to steal your heart. With fairy tale flowers, enchanted cascading branch form, and persistently captivating seasonal transformations, it is impossible not to fall in love.

Do not be fooled by the perfectly compact size of the Lavender Twist, as this tree insists on dazzling the scene with the umbrella of its naturally wild and captivating form. What is the most uniquely beautiful thing about the Lavender Twist Redbud Tree?

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‘Ruby Falls’ weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’)

‘Ruby Falls’ has pinkish flowers in spring.

The weeping purple-burgundy foliage lasts a long time.

Gardeners hungry for great plants in small spaces will quickly welcome the ‘Ruby Falls’ weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’) into their landscapes.

‘Ruby Falls’, bred at North Carolina State University from other purple-leafed redbuds ‘Covey’ and ‘Forest Pansy’, has the strong pink flowers of its parents – and their deep purple to shiny burgundy leaves that fade to green.

Then there’s the added attraction of a compact tree that can top out at 8 to 10 feet tall with tightly weeping limbs that can limit it to 6 feet wide – thus providing great ornamental interest all winter.

It’s the perfect tree as a specimen for a small patio area, or underplanted with a tight circle of perennials or ground cover. It offers a case, for a change, where small matters.

Common Name: ‘Ruby Falls’ weeping redbud

Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’

Flowers: Frothy pink in spring

Foliage: Spring burgundy-to-purple fades to green

Size: 6 to 8 feet tall, 4 to 6 feet wide

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Moist, well drained

Watering: Normal

Pruning: Trim carefully in late fall or early spring.

In Your Landscape: Place where you will see it every day of the year.

From Indiana Gardening Volume III Issue VI. Top and bottom right photos: Bob Hill; Left photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, Inc.

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Lavender Twist Redbud Care: Growing Weeping Lavender Twist Redbuds

Throughout the Southeastern United States, the small purple-rose flowers of the redbud announce the arrival of spring. The eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is native to North America, where it can be found growing from parts of Canada down in to northern regions of Mexico. It is most common, though, throughout the Southeastern U.S.

These redbuds have become popular ornamental trees for the home landscape. Many new unique varieties of eastern redbuds have been introduced by plant breeders. This article will discuss the weeping tree variety of eastern redbud known as ‘Lavender Twist.’ Read on for weeping redbud info and tips on how to grow a Lavender Twist redbud.

About Lavender Twist Redbud Trees

Lavender Twist redbud was first discovered in the Westfield, NY private garden of Connie Covey in 1991. Cuttings were taken for propagation by plant breeders, and the plant was patented in 1998. It is also known as the ‘Covey’ eastern redbud. Lavender Twist redbud is a dwarf variety, slowly growing 5-15 feet (2-5 m.) tall and wide. Its unique attributes include the pendulous, weeping habit and contorted trunk and branches.

Like the common eastern redbud, Lavender Twist redbud trees bear small, pea-like pink-purple flowers in early spring, before the tree leafs out. These flowers form all along the trees cascading, twisted branches and its trunk. The blooms last about three to four weeks.

Once the blooms fade, the plant produces bright green heart-shaped foliage. This foliage turns yellow in autumn and drops earlier than most trees. Because Lavender Twist goes dormant earlier than other varieties, it is considered more cold hardy. Their contorted branches and trunk add winter interest to the garden.

Growing Weeping Lavender Twist Redbuds

Weeping Lavender Twist redbuds are hardy in U.S. zones 5-9. They grow best in moist, but well-draining soil, in full sun to part shade. In warmer climates, Lavender Twist redbud trees should be given some shade from the afternoon sun.

In spring, feed them with a general purpose fertilizer before blooms appear. They are deer resistant and black walnut tolerant. Lavender Twist redbuds also attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.

Lavender Twist redbud trees can be pruned to shape while dormant. If you wish to have a straight trunk and taller tree, weeping Lavender Twist redbud’s trunk can be staked when the tree is young. When left to grow naturally, the trunk will be contorted and the tree will grow shorter.

Once established, Lavender Twist redbud trees do not transplant well, so select a site where this beautiful specimen tree can shine in the landscape for many years.

The Twisted Tale of the Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud Tree

Last Updated: May 14, 2015 | by Mike McGroarty

This my friend is a true love story…

In my book, “Easy Plant Propagation” I talk about my lifetime love affair with landscape plants, and this tree, the Lavender Twist, Weeping Redbud clearly falls into the category of plants that I am passionate about. Of course I’m passionate about a lot of plants, but this one has even more special meaning to me than most.

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Below are photos of the Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud I have growing in my front yard. Even when the plant is not in bloom, everyone who spends a little time on our front porch asks about this very unique and interesting tree.

Lavender Twist, Weeping Redbud Tree Spring Blossoms

Lavender Twist, Weeping Redbud Tree Spring Blossoms

Notice the crazy looking, little plant on the stake to the right of the Lavender Twist Redbud? That’s a Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick that I’m training to grow single stem.

The Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud was developed right here in Madison, Ohio at Brotzman’s Nursery. I first met Charlie Brotzman back in 1975 when I was driving a truck delivering gasoline, fuel oil, and diesel fuel for the local farm co-op.

Brotzman’s Nursery was one of my customers so I was in there on a regular basis and quickly got on friendly terms with long time nurseryman Charles Brotzman. Very much a small family operation Broztman’s Nursery was quaint and cozy and I really enjoyed delivering there.

By that time I’d already had a few years of extensive experience working in the nursery business and was starting my own landscaping business so I loved delivering to nurseries. It wasn’t long before I was buying plants wholesale from Charlie for my landscape jobs.

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making and selling rooted cuttings.

Time marched on and at some point, I really don’t remember the year, Mr. Brotzman passed away and his two sons Tim and Bill continued operating the nursery just as they do today.

Meanwhile, around 1991 in up state New York there was a lady by the name of Connie Covey who had an overgrown Lilac tree in her front yard and asked her neighbor to cut it down for her. It was really overgrown and as he worked in and among the branches of the lilac he came upon a twisted and contorted plant that he had no idea what it was. But fortunately for plant lovers around the world, he decided to leave it there.

Eventually this interesting tree caught the eye of a local nurseryman who took some photos and a branch to nurseryman Tim Brotzman here in Ohio to see if Tim could propagate the tree for him. He wanted one for a gift.

Eventually Tim Brotzman obtained ownership of the original tree and had it moved from New York to Ohio to further his attempts to successfully propagate the tree. From his first attempt he was only able to get one successful graft out of the fifty that he tried.

Tim eventually perfected the propagation of this wonderful plant and was granted a patent in 1998. He named the tree Cercis Canadensis ‘Covey’ Lavender Twist© in honor of it’s original owner Connie Covey.

But the interesting part of the Weeping Lavender Twist© Redbud story is that Miss Covey mentioned that back around 1960 her brother found the twisted twig growing along a highway somewhere and brought it home just to see what it would grow into. Over the years the family lost track of the tree growing in their yard and during a spring clean up project this plant narrowly dodged the teeth of a chainsaw.

More than likely the tree that her brother found growing randomly was a chance seedling that just decided to be different.

But what are the chances of Mr. Covey finding it, successfully moving the seedling to their home in New York, the neighbor not whacking it off with the chainsaw, it catching the eye of a nurseryman, another nurseryman taking a keen interest in it and investing time and money to preserve the beauty of one little chance seedling.

And now one of the off spring resides in the U.S. Botanical Garden!

How cool is that?

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Lavender Twist Redbud in bloom

Lavender Twist Redbud in bloom

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Lavender Twist Redbud flowers

Lavender Twist Redbud flowers

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Lavender Twist Redbud foliage

Lavender Twist Redbud foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 6 feet

Spread: 8 feet


Hardiness Zone: 4b

Other Names: Eastern Redbud, Judas Tree, Love Tree


A stunning accent shrub with gracefully arching and weeping branches, a twisted trunk and very showy pink to purple flowers held tightly on bare branches in early spring, curious heart-shaped leaves; an incredible garden accent, especially when in bloom

Ornamental Features

Lavender Twist Redbud has rose pea-like flowers along the branches from early to mid spring, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds before the leaves. It has forest green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The heart-shaped leaves turn buttery yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The twisted dark brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Lavender Twist Redbud is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Lavender Twist Redbud is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Lavender Twist Redbud will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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