I love this tree! -Mike McGroarty
The Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud tree is an awesome specimen that everybody should have in their yard. The photos you see here are The Lavender Twist that we have in our front yard. Redbud trees have an interesting way of displaying their blooms. The flowers appear in early spring before the tree starts to make leaves. The flowers are tiny and delicate, it’s almost as if they are glued to the branches.
Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud trees bloom really early in the spring and unlike Weeping Cherry trees, the flower are pretty doggone tough. I’ve seen them go through frost after frost without fazing the blooms at all. That’s a huge advantage for a tree that blooms early in the spring.
The top photo was taken in early spring when the tree was in full bloom. The middle photo was taken in the middle of summer when the tree is covered with those round, a little bit heart shaped leaves. The bottom photo was taken in at the end of January when the tree was completely snow covered.
The second tree from the right in the above photo is the Lavender Twist. Also in this photo are three different kinds of weeping Japanese maples and the big tree in the background is a Golden Curl Weeping Willow tree.
Where to buy a Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud tree?
The Lavender Twist grows nicely in hardiness zones 5 through 9. Can you grow one in zone 4? Probably, but you are pushing the zone limit a bit. If I lived in zone 4 I’d have one in my yard. I would take that chance.
The ideal place to buy a Lavender Twist would be from a retailer in your local area. Call around, especially in the early spring, to see if your local garden centers have them or will have any coming in. You can check at the big box stores, but this is not something that they typically carry. But you never know for sure. If you call them on the phone they probably won’t know, you really need to go look.
A local landscape contractor might be able to locate one for you from a wholesale grower but chances are they will only work with you if you hire them to plant the tree. But that’s not a bad thing. Writing a check is a lot easier than lugging a tree home, digging a hole, carrying the tree across the yard, then trying to get it in the hole at the right depth, getting straight and staking it.
If you want to order one online you can do that. The tree you get will likely be smaller, but hopefully the price will affect that. If you buy a smaller Lavender Twist you will need to stake it and train it into a nice shape. You have stake it and get it to grow upright first, then once you get it to a height of 6′ or so, start shaping the head to look like the one in these photos. Lower branches should be removed.
Don’t be afraid to trim your plants! The more you trim them the happier they are!
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