Lavender Twist, also known as Covey, is an unusual Cercis with weeping pendulous branches, with a distinctive twisted or contorted form.
The spring blossom is borne on bare branches and is a pale lilac colour, contrasting with darker pink bracts.
The flowers are followed by a mass of large dull green heart-shaped leaves, which are so dense that the stem and branches are completely hidden.
In autumn the leaves turn yellow.
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Lavender Twist can get quite tall for a weeping Cercis, up to 2m in the longer term. It may benefit from staking to achieve this height and to emphasise the contorted shape of the branches.
Because of the density of the leaves you may find that older branches in the centre of the canopy start to die back from lack of light - if so prune them out after the blossom has finished.
Lavender Twist is one of the more cold-hardy Cercis varieties.
Lavender Twist was discovered in the early 1990s growing in the garden of a house in Westfield, upstate New York, owned by Connie Covey. She sold the propagation rights to Ohio nurseryman Tim Brotzman who was intrigued by the unique contorted branches. When she later moved house he arranged for the tree to be transported to Ohio. It was registered as a distinct new variety under the name Covey in 1998, but is widely known by its trade name Lavender Twist.
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
Approximate girth: 6/8cm.
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.