I made a movie for you about how to create a beautiful tree like this. The video is below.
The Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud tree was discovered and developed by my friend Tim Brotzman of Brotzman’s Nursery in Madison, Ohio. What a spectacular plant! Brotzman’s is wholesale only, please do not contact them trying to buy from them.
Recently I did a video about teaching a Lavender Twist Redbud Tree to actually act like a tree. That’s the problem with weeping plants. All they want to do is weep! Left alone they would just lay on the ground and grow in a horizontal fashion.
That’s why they are so interesting when we train them to grow upright. They fight the notion, and that creates the most interesting shapes and habits, combined with their beautiful flowers, we get some really beautiful plants.
As you’ll see in my video, some of the Lavender Twist Redbud in my nursery are fighting me about being trees. Of course that has a lot to do with the fact that I haven’t been right on top of them keeping them trained. But my negligence tends to create some pretty interesting plants that will have a great deal of character by the time I am actually ready to sell them.
The Lavender Twist is still a great plant to grow and sell because they actually do grow pretty quickly for an ornamental tree. They are patented so we can’t propagate them, but several times throughout the year I see where some of our Backyard Growers offer them for sale. Some of the ones that I got I think I paid less than $10.00 per plant for them which is a great deal when even small ones sell for $99.00 or more.
If they are patented how are our members able to sell them for such low prices?
They buy them from large wholesale growers who are licensed to propagate them, they pay the royalty at the time of purchase, then they mark them up a little and offer them for sale to our members. This is really a great service for our members because you get to buy really good plants at super low prices and don’t have to worry about meeting the minimum order requirements that many of the larger wholesaler growers require.
Take care and keep making those baby plants! -Mike McGroarty