Cercis canadensis 'Alley Cat' (Eastern Redbud)
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Cercis canadensis 'Alley Cat' (Eastern Redbud)

Alley Cat Cercis, Eastern Redbud 'Alley Cat'


Prized for its variegated foliage, Cercis canadensis 'Alley Cat' (Eastern Redbud) is a large, deciduous tree with multiple seasons of interest. A profusion of pea-like dark pink flowers held in clusters cover the bare branches in the spring, before the foliage emerges, creating a most dramatic display. The foliage of heart shaped leaves emerges a copper pink and soft green and as they mature the variegation begins to appear. The leaves become prominently speckled and splashed with white and retain their variegation. They do not revert to green and do not scorch in the sun. As the leaves drop, they reveal the pleasing silhouette of this eastern redbud. A great specimen or flowering tree for the garden or woodlands.

  • Grows up to 20-30 ft. tall (6-9 m) and 25-35 ft. wide (7.5-10.5 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this Redbud is easily grown in well-drained soils. Performs best in moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture. Best flower production is obtained in full sun but part shade is best in hot summer climates. Needs a winter chill before flowers set properly.
  • Perfect choice as a specimen plant or for shrub borders.
  • Attracts birds, butterflies and bees.
  • Generally pest free. Watch for canker, verticillium wilt, dieback, leaf spots, mildew and blights. Deer resistant.
  • Does not transplant well. It should be planted when young and left undisturbed.
  • Needs very little pruning. Remove diseased, damaged congested or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Cercis canadensis species is native to eastern and central North America from Connecticut to New York to southern Ontario and the Great Lakes south to western Texas and Florida.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Photo courtesy Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cercis - Redbuds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 20' – 30' (6m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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