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Alley Cat

Alley Cat is a new Redbud variety.  It features dark pink pea-shaped flowers, which are borne on bare branches in April, before the leaves.

The main attraction is the very large rounded leaves, which are the size of a hand.  When they emerge the leaves are a rosy / dark green but as spring progresses they are transformed with large abstract patches of white.

Alley Cat cercis (redbud) trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Like all Cercis, Alley Cat does best in full sun, and needs a well-drained soil.

History

Alley Cat was found growing wild in a backstreet in Kentucky, and introduced for sale in 2016.

Alley Cat characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colourVariegated foliageSummer foliage colour
  • Growth habitSpreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourPink - dark
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - summerGreenPink-white-green variegated
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceFlowers appear first
  • SunlightTolerates shadePrefers full sun
  • PruningPrune after flowering
  • Site conditionsOccasional droughtFree-draining site
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous