Cercis canadensis 'Covey'

Lavender Twist® Redbud


Lavender Twist Redbud is a unique small selection of the native deciduous tree with slightly contorted weeping branches making a dense umbrella-shaped crown.  The strongly heart-shaped blue-green leaves emerge with a red tints and turns yellow in the fall.  The heavy profusion of lavender-pink flowers blooms on bare branches in early spring before the foliage comes in attracting butterflies.   Prefers partial sun and rich well-drained soils with consistent moisture.  Tolerates deer and Black Walnuts.

Cercis canadensis is an important host for the Henry's Elfin Butterfly and supports a specialized bee- the Southeast Blueberry Bee.  Its nectar is an early food source for several butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.  The seedpods are enjoyed by birds and wildlife. 




4’ - 10’ 


4’ - 10’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Canker can be a significant disease problem. Various diseases and pests and be prevented with regular watering and pruning of dead branches. Does not transplant well, plant when young and leave undisturbed.

LANDSCAPE USES: Specimen or mass plantings, BordersNaturalized AreasWoodland GardenWildlife GardensScreening, and Shade Tree. 

COMPANION PLANTS: Witch HazelHydrangeaJapanese Forest Grass

IMAGES: Photo by David J. Stang, Cercis canadensis Covey 8zzCC BY-SA 4.0, (2) cultivar413160722 072 Chi Bot Gdn Circle Gdn, (3) Photo by David J. Stang, Cercis canadensis Covey 3zzCC BY-SA 4.0, (4) Photo by David J. Stang, Cercis canadensis Covey 1zzCC BY-SA 4.0

* As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.