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Twisty Baby™ Dwarf Black Locust
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Twisty Baby™ Dwarf Black Locust (a.k.a. Lace Lady Locust) is a fun tree that will be a conversation piece in your garden throughout the seasons. This one-of-a-kind specimen sports a wild hairdo of zigzag branches that will draw attention both in and out of leaf. Twisty Baby’s kinky branches are draped with lovely white flowers in spring that smell like grape Kool-Aid—and they’re edible! You can reach up and pluck a few blossoms to top off the prettiest salad you’ll ever have. Plant this tree near your porch, patio, or deck not only to enjoy the flowers’ sweet fragrance, but also to watch the hummingbirds that will swoop in to pollinate them!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 20-25'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Black Locust is a scrappy tree native to the Eastern U.S. It often grows on roadside cuts where no other tree would want to grow, somehow getting by on the most meager allotments of soil and water. Its wood is dense and naturally weather-treated, and many a farm has been enclosed by fences built with “Locust” posts. Twisty Baby™ was a chance mutation of the species discovered among a crop of seedlings in New Zealand in 1985. It is sometimes listed as ‘Lace Lady’—two names for the same plant.
The contorted habit of this dwarf Black Locust will have you in knots! Clusters of fragrant white pea-like blooms appear in spring. Mature foliage is deep bluish-green while newly emerging foliage is apple green - quite fetching! The black bark and brown branches on this twister are extremely showy in winter. A great specimen or focal point in any garden.
How to Grow
Twisty Baby™ Dwarf Black Locust is about as unfussy as they come. Any sunny spot in the garden that doesn’t stay soggy is suitable. This tree doesn’t even need much fertilizer—it has the ability to take in, or “fix,” nitrogen directly from the air! One problem that does occasionally affect Black Locust is borers. Keep an eye on your tree for holes in the trunk. If you see them, contact our grower email@example.com for advice on how to treat the problem in your area.
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