How to Care for a Lavender Twist Redbud

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A weeping variety of redbud tree, the cultivar "Lavender Twist" is known under the scientific name Cercis canadensis. "Lavender Twist" produces abundant, showy blossoms, making this deciduous ornamental ideal as a focal point in the landscape. This cultivar grows 5 to 10 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide. Its small size makes this variety of Cercis canadensis well suited for patio pots. Grow Lavender Twist redbud in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Fertiliser
  • Pruning shears
  • 10-10-10 fertiliser
  • Mulch

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    Plant "Lavender Twist" redbud trees in full sun or in light, dappled shade. Select a site that has alkaline, neutral or slightly acidic soil ranging from sandy loam to light clay. Avoid planting in heavy wet clay or areas that provide poor drainage.

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    Plant "Lavender Twist" redbud trees in spring or summer provided they come from the nursery in a container filled with soil. Plant trees sold bare-root in late winter or early spring as soon as you get them home.

  3. 3

    Dig the hole two to three times wider and the same depth as the nursery pot. For bare root trees, dig the hole wide enough to spread out all the roots.

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    Remove the root ball from the nursery pot or unwrap bare-root trees. Place the tree into the centre of the hole with the base of the stalk, where the trunk meets the roots, level with the natural soil line. Push soil back into the hole to fill in around and under the roots.

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    Water the area, soaking the ground until it is damp to the bottom of the planting hole. Water the area with a slow trickle from a hose at the roots for 10 to 20 minutes (depending on the size of the tree) twice a week for the first growing season until the "Lavender Twist" redbud gets established in its new environment.

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    Apply a balanced 10-10-10 fertiliser in the spring as directed on the package label. Fertilise spring-planted "Lavender Twist" trees at planting time. Wait to fertilise trees planted in summer until the following spring.

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    Prune "Lavender Twist" redbuds in late winter while the tree is still in its dormant state. Remove diseased wood and any dead looking or broken branches.

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    Spread layer of mulch 2 to 4 inches deep over the soil to keep moisture in and regulate soil temperature. Extend the mulch layer from 2 inches away from the trunk to the area under the tips of the branches.

Tips and warnings

  • Try planting "Lavender Twist" in patio pots. Select pots 2 to 3 inches larger than the nursery pot. Use potting soil rather than garden soil. Garden soil compacts in containers creating a unsuitable growing environment.

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