Lavender Twist is a weeping form of the native redbud. It was first found in 1991 in the New York garden of Connie Covey and was propagated from that tree. It has the beautiful bright lavender pink of the native, the attractive heart shaped dark green leaves, but has a contorted trunk and twisted branches that arch and cascade to the ground. I particularly like the skeleton of the tree in winter when the leaves are gone to reveal the graceful structure of the tree. They make beautiful specimen trees and I planted two, one on either side of the entryway to my perennial garden where I can enjoy them all winter and then again in the spring when the branches and trunk are covered with buds and flowers. They are a lovely sight!
Type: Small deciduous tree.
Outstanding Features: Bright lavender pink flowers in spring; cascading branches.
Form: Cascading mound.
Growth Rate: Slow.
Bloom: Magenta buds open to lavender-pink flowers in spring on leafless branches.
Size: 6-10’ H x 6-10’’ W.
Light: Full sun to light shade.
Soil: Moist, well drained.
Hardiness: Zones 4-9.
Care: Low maintenance.
Pests and Diseases: None of importance.