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Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree)

Katsura Tree


Prized for its beautiful shape and attractive foliage, award-winning Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura Tree) is an elegant, single or multi-trunked, deciduous tree with an upright, pyramidal form when young, becoming more rounded with age. The dense foliage of broadly heart-shaped leaves, up to 4 in. long (10 cm), emerges a beautiful reddish purple in spring, matures to blue-green in summer and warms up to attractive shades of gold, orange and red in fall. As an added bonus, the foliage smells like cinnamon or burnt sugar on warm fall days, when the leaves are falling, and when new growth appears in spring. Tiny flowers appear in spring, before the foliage unfurls, but they are not particularly showy. Katsura Tree remains attractive even after the leaves drop, thanks to its graceful, pyramidal silhouette and its brown, slightly shaggy bark. A great landscape tree for shade that is lovely through the seasons.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Grows up to 40-50 ft. tall (12-15 m) and 25-35 ft. wide (7-10 m).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils. Provide shelter from strong winds and intense sun.
  • Perfect as a specimen tree.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by seed, basal or semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Native to China, Japan

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 50' (12m – 15m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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