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Weeping redbud

Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’

According to Missouri Botanical Garden “’Covey’ is a very small weeping cultivar noted for its absence of an upright leader and for its dense umbrella-shaped crown with contorted stems and arching to pendulous branches. If staked and trained, it may eventually rise to 8-10’ tall. If not staked, it may never exceed 5’ in height. Clusters of tiny, lavender-pink, pea-like flowers bloom for 2-3 weeks in early spring (April) before the foliage emerges. Heart-shaped foliage with pointed tips emerges in spring with red tinting, matures to a dull, dark blue-green and finally turns yellow in fall. This weeping redbud was discovered growing at the private residence of Connie Covey in Westfield, New York, in 1991.


Photo Credit: Photo by David J. Stang, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Form: Weeping

Growth Rate: Moderate

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Site Selection: Beneath Powerlines

Size: 5 - 10 ft.

Value: Flower, Native to Eastern North America

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