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Twisty Baby® Locust

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Amazing zigzag branches. Incredible twisted branches, encouraged by pruning of long growth spurts, make this dwarf tree a standout in any outdoor space. It also features fragrant white flower clusters in spring, emerald green leaves in summer and gorgeous yellow foliage in fall. Grows best in full sun. Cold-hardy. Matures to be 8-10' tall and 12-15' wide.

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Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will issue a one-time merchandise credit to your account equaling 125% of the original product purchase price. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color White
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 8.0
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
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Tools & Supplies

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What is the proper way of pruning,if any?
Doug F on Aug 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Flowering Crabapples do not need any pruning.
I have lots of starts coming up around the circumference of my baby Twisted Locust can I dig them up and start new trees from them?
julie l on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Suckering will occur around the trunk, and these new shoots should be removed regularly to maintain the integrity of the tree. I don't think you can get a new tree off of the suckers of a Twisty Baby Locust.
Our tree planted in 2014. Does it send runners off from main root? We have plants with same leaf coming up in mulch as far as 6' or more. Will digging them up damage the tree? Also, one side of tree has no leaves this year?
Dan D on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this tree tends to sucker and, in the same way that it develops multiple trunks, it can seemingly spread or grow into thickets. Digging these up should not cause damage to the main tree, but using herbicide to kill them off might, since the tree is sensitive to herbicides. I'm not sure why only one side of the tree has leaves; it could be due to shading or possibly the result of winter injury (especially from ice) to the branches.
We planted a twisty baby locust last year. Love it. But the leaves didn't fall off last fall, and I was afraid it was dead. Just beginning to see some green now. How should it be cared for in the future? We're zone 5a.
Joyce P on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Keep the tree watered regularly if there is no rain in the forecast and if the soil seems dry. Also, test the soil to see that the pH is in the right range (6.0-8.0) and if any nutrients are lacking. Only fertilize as needed. Other than that, it's an low-maintenance tree. Not much else to do.

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The twisty locust is doing amazingly well! Very fine specimen! Thanks, couldn't be happier!!
May 10, 2016
over 6 years ago
From a twig to over 6ft tall in 2 years
Years ago a neighbor had a twisty baby locust planted behind his mailbox. We fell in love with it and purchased one from a local nursery. We were in our house 9 years and it grew way taller that normal. So we moved to a new house and just had to have another one. We couldn't find one locally so I ordered from Stark Bro's. I have to admit I was leery ordering a tree online. It came packaged well and was really just a tiny twig (much smaller than the one I had gotten from our local nursery). Our neighbors thought we were crazy. However, that twig has grown like crazy and is beautiful!!!
May 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
twisty baby!
I got the package you sent and it was a stick with a ball of mud on the end.
Today, only a year and a half later its 7' tall with a full load of branches and beautiful foliage!
I would recommend this small tree to anyone looking for a centerpiece for their garden or even just on the perimeter.
Great job! Never thought it would be such a nice addition!
Werner Lehner
Floral Park, NY
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Love the tree but it didn't make it over the winter.
I have another twisty baby locust that I have had for over 25 years and it is on it's way out. I got this one to replace it and it died over the winter. I had done the same thing to this one that I did the last but not so lucky on this one.
May 8, 2016
over 6 years ago