Alley Cat Variegated Redbud Tree
Alley Cat Variegated Redbud Leaf
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Alley Cat Variegated Redbud Tree
Alley Cat Variegated Redbud Leaf

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Spacing: 40-50'
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Alley Cat Variegated Redbud
Cercis canadensis 'Alley Cat'
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Found growing wild in an alley, the Alley Cat Variegated Eastern Redbud Tree has turned out to be one sweet and adorable charmer when brought into the garden and shown a little love. Featuring lavender-pink flowers that hug the branches in spring and pretty heart-shaped leaves splashed with white variegation, this handsome ornamental tree will steal your heart. Alley Cat Redbud is a medium-sized tree that will fit into most gardens, yet it eventually grows big enough to sit under (if I fits, I sits!) during the dog days of summer. The purrfect addition to your entryway garden or backyard living space.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Spacing: 40-50'
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Native to much of the eastern U.S., the Eastern Redbud Tree is that showy tree you see near woodland edges adding pop of early spring color to the roadsides with its masses of small pink flowers. It brings a warm golden glow to those same areas in fall with its changing leaves. The Alley Cat Redbud Tree was discovered by plantsman Allen Bush in an alley near his home in Louisville, Kentucky. Unlike some other variegated Redbuds, the new tree shows an alley cat toughness; the foliage doesn’t scorch in sun, nor does the variegation fade in hot weather. Some believe it’s the best variegated Redbud on the market.

The Details

Pluck a Redbud flower the next time 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

Alley Cat Eastern Redbud is an adaptable tree, but siting it carefully and paying it some kindness will result in a much healthier and happier tree. Though it performs admirably in full sun, this Redbud Tree is better off in dappled shade or in a site with morning sun and afternoon shade, at least in very warm regions. It isn’t picky about soils, but will quickly use up all of its nine lives if drainage is poor. Give it a layer of wood or bark mulch to replicate the woodsy conditions it prefers in the wild. Alley Cat Redbud also appreciates regular water during its first few years in the ground and irrigation during long dry spells after it’s established.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Exposure Sun
Avg Mature Height 20-30
Avg Mature Width 30
Spacing 40-50'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green/White
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Early Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-8' Tall. Grown and shipped in our #15 tree container. This unique tree will have your whole neighborhood talking.

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Alley Cat Variegated Redbud Tree
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