Cercis canadensis Lavender Twist ® (‘Covey’) Cercis

Cercis

Description: Forms a very special small, weeping tree with slightly twisted, downward-facing branches, perfect for smaller gardens. The clusters of larger-than-usual pea flowers are a soft lavender pink, rather than the usual rather strident purple-pink. In summer, its mid-green heart-shaped foliage bursts through and gradually turns a rich golden yellow in autumn.

History: Also known as Cercis canadensis 'Covey', named after an American lady called Connie Covey in whose garden this chance seedling first grew. Tim Brotzman, an American nurseryman, heard about the unusual weeping redbud tree and bought the rights to propagate from it.

Cercis Growing Tips: Performs best in moderately fertile well drained soils. The best flower production occurs in full sun but part shade is best in hot summer climates.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 1.5m 1.5m

Attributes

  • Tree shape: Weeping
  • Drought tolerant
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • S Size: Small
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Prune after flowering

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