This Bud's For You: Covey Redbud

This small, elegant tree can bring color and drama to your garden.

Beautiful Blooming Redbud

Beautiful Blooming Redbud

This unique, elegant tree can offer a distinctive focal point for your garden.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Ben Ford

Image courtesy of Ben Ford

This unique, elegant tree can offer a distinctive focal point for your garden.

By: Ben Ford

The ‘Covey’ redbud or 'Lavender Twist' (Cercisc canadensis) adds an exciting twist to an old favorite. Traditionally, redbuds reach over 25 feet tall. But ‘Covey’ grow up to 5 feet tall, making it a unique specimen tree for use in small landscape areas. Rosy pink flowers appear in April. 

‘Covey’ has no dominant leader, meaning that the stems grow somewhat evenly around the top of the tree. The shoots arch out, creating a picturesque umbrella appearance. The contorted or twisted braches will give a wicked look in winter.  In spring, traditional lavender eastern redbud blossoms emerge. Use near small patios or garden areas where it will be most noticed. ‘Covey’ is a perfect plant to place on a hill where viewers can look up into the canopy of the tree. I like to mix in rare plants in with my average garden center plants to give a pricier appearance to my landscape. The ‘Covey’ redbud is not a dime a dozen plant, but acquiring the plant will make your landscape stand out and be the talk of the neighborhood.

Redbuds are hardy from zones 4 to 9, and grow well in full sun to partial shade.

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