Cercis 'Alley Cat' Redbud

Cercis 'Alley Cat' Redbud
Cercis 'Alley Cat' Redbud

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Gorgeous architecture, flowers, and foliage
SKU 29908
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Trade Gallon (3qt)
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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

30 Feet

Mature Width

35 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy, Poor

Description / Cercis 'Alley Cat' Redbud

Cercis 'Alley Cat' is a deciduous understory tree grown for its lovely architecture, profusion of colorful flowers, and extraordinary variegated foliage. This tree puts on an extravagant show in spring, flowering in showy clusters of charming pea-like rich-pink flowers on bare branches, before the foliage emerges. The nectar- and pollen-rich flowers are a food source for pollinators, including bees and early season butterflies. Dry, flattened, bean-like seedpods follow in mid to late summer and sustain several species of songbirds throughout fall and winter. Its graceful canopy of large, heart-shaped leaves appears after the flowers and emerges in copper pink and soft green hues before developing attractive white splashes and speckles as they mature. The leaves neither revert to green nor scorch in sun.

A Cercis canadensis species, commonly called eastern redbud trees, 'Alley Cat' has a moderate growth rate and an upright habit, reaching a mature size of 20 to 30 feet tall and 25 to 35 feet wide. Redbud trees are perfect specimen, shade, and patio trees. They are great additions to beds and borders but are especially eye-catching in group plantings in the landscape.

Easy to grow and low maintenance redbud trees grow best in sunny to partly shady locations with moderately fertile, moist, well-draining soil; but they tolerate most soils, including loam, sand, and clay. Although best flowering is in full sun, some shade may be required for the best overall performance in hot climates. Adding mulch around the tree's base will help keep roots moist and cool in extreme temperatures. Redbud trees require little to no pruning, but any desired pruning for shape should be done in late spring, after blooming is complete. Cercis 'Alley Cat' is pest and deer resistant.

A native tree, redbud is indigenous to eastern and central North America. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.

For more insights on successfully planting and caring for your trees, visit our blog, When Planting Trees Take the Time to Know Their Needs. Additionally, to ensure your trees receive optimal hydration, explore our range of irrigation products, including the Greenwell Water Saver and the TreeDiaper Hydration System, on our Irrigation page. These resources will help you provide the best care for your new trees.

Product Details

Item Form Trade Gallon (3qt)
Genus Cercis
Species canadensis
Variety 'Alley Cat'
Product Classification Trees
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Pink
Bloom Season Start Early Spring
Bloom Season End Mid Spring
Foliage Color Medium Green, Variegated, White
Resistance Deer Resistance, Pest Resistant, Scorching
Special Features Bird Lovers, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions none
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