Katsura tree

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Katsura tree - Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Common Name: Katsura tree
Genus: Cercidiphyllum
Species: japonicum

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 20.00 m (2000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 15.00 m (1500 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Flower colour: insignificant red flowers
  • Other features: fallen leaves smell of burnt sugar when crushed

Small rounded leaves are flushed pink when young turning bright green in summer. The autumnal foliage is superb turning orange red and yellow though trees usually colour better on moist, acidic soils. It is stunning planted as a specimen in the lawn either with a single trunk or as a broader tree of several stems.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.