Alley Cat Redbud
Alley Cat Redbud closeup of the blush pink flowers on the dark brown branches
Alley Cat Redbud
Alley Cat Redbud closeup of the blush pink flowers on the dark brown branches

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 25' tall
  • Mature Width: 25-30' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 25-30' apart



  • Lavender-pink flowers fill the branches in spring before the leaves
  • Creamy white and green heart-shaped leaves add great visual appeal
  • This selection of our native Redbud is very versatile and will make an excellent focal point, patio tree or window tree 
  • An important pollen source
  • This bird-friendly tree provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Alley Cat Redbud

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cercis canadensis 'Alley Cat'

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Why the Alley Cat Redbud?

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.

Native to much of the eastern U.S., the Eastern Redbud Tree is that showy tree you see near woodland edges adding a 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 hows 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!

How to use in the landscape?

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. Plant this medium-sized charming tree in an area where you're able to enjoy it!

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

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- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-9

    Mature Height: 25' tall

    Mature Width: 25-30' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 25-30' apart

How To Plant

Alley Cat Eastern Redbud is an adaptable tree, but selecting its planting location 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.

How To Water

Alley Cat Redbud will appreciate regular water during its first few years in the ground and irrigation during long dry spells after it’s established.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Redbuds occasionally sprout "suckers" around the base of the tree, as they appear be sure to prune them off. But when it comes to pruning the branches of your Redbud -- don't be afraid! They are so easy to prune -- prune to whatever shape you like. If you don't want to touch it -- that's fine. If you want to cut everything off except two branches that look like rabbit ears, that's fine too (although you might get some weird looks from the neighbors -- and your family).

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Growing zones 4-9 covering almost all of the United States


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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