Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 6'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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Vanilla Twist Redbud

Cercis canadensis 'Vanilla Twist' PP22,744
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Our beloved native Eastern Redbud Tree -- with a twist! Instead of the usual lilac-pink flowers and upright/rounded habit, this new selection of Redbud offers a refreshingly different look. When the warming days of spring arrive, clean white blossoms burst along its cascading stems. The bright white blooms really pop against the charcoal-gray branches. Pretty, heart-shaped leaves follow. Vanilla Twist Redbud makes a superb accent Tree in the beds and borders surrounding your home, whether they're in sun or shade. Plant it where you need a quirky focal point and a sweet spring pick-me-up. Sharp!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 6'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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The Story

Redbuds are red-hot! This classic American Tree has been reinvented into all sorts of intriguing colors and forms in recent years, and people can't get enough of them. Vanilla Twist is a fine new addition to the collection that is especially valued for its strongly weeping form and chalk-white blossoms. Nurseryman Tim Brotzman of Madison, Ohio, developed it by putting Lavender Twist Redbud (a weeping form) into a cage of bees with Royal White Redbud. The bees cross-pollinated the flowers, and Brotzman sowed the resulting seeds. He introduced Vanilla Twist in 2010.

The Details

Pluck a Redbud flower the next they're blooming, and take a close look. The blossoms look like tiny hummingbirds! In most areas, hummingbirds arrive too late to enjoy their nectar, though bees and other valuable early-season pollinators will gladly service the flowers. The blooms themselves are edible to humans, and they make a lovely garnish for a fresh spring salad. 

How to Grow

Though it has gone through some cosmetic changes, the Vanilla Twist Redbud is still a native Redbud at heart (like the Redbuds you see in the wild) and is well adapted to life in many parts of the country. Give it a site in full sun or part shade. As for water needs, Vanilla Twist will have some degree of drought tolerance once established, but the leaves will stay healthier-looking if your Tree is irrigated during dry spells and not made to fend for itself. It will not abide 'wet feet', however. You will need to stake the new growth if you want it to grow taller. Its natural habit is strongly weeping. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 8' Tall
Avg Mature Width 6' Wide
Spacing 6'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color White
Flower Time Early Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: C

Size C

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Size C Trees:

8-10' Tall. Grown balled and burlapped. This specimen weeping redbud will be a favorite in your landscape right away.

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