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Alley Cat Variegated Redbud

Alley Cat Variegated Redbud

Common Name: Alley Cat Variegated Redbud

Botanical Name: Cercis canadensis ‘Alley Cat’

Alley Cat Variegated Redbud

Plant family: Fabaceae

Location: North Forest Trail

Growing zone: 4-8

Height: 20′-30′

Spread: 30′

Bloom time: March, April

Bloom description: Clusters of small lavender-pink flowers

Leaf type: Heart-shaped leaves that arrive once blooming is finished are variegated in a speckled pattern that is rarely seen in redbuds. Leaves also turn an attractive yellow during the fall before dropping for the winter.

Garden uses: This wonderfully hardy variety of redbud was given its name when plantsman Allen Bush discovered it growing in an alley near his garden. After careful cultivation, ‘Alley Cat’ is now enjoyed in gardens across the country!

Wildlife benefits: Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.