Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
Cercidiphyllum japonicum, known as Katsura tree, is a deciduous tree that can reach 20m in height and 15m in width.
The leaves of this tree are bronze in color when young, turning green and then, in autumn, transforming to shades of yellow, pink, orange and red.
Fallen leaves, when stepped on, give an aroma similar to burnt sugar.
It is a vigorous species, which grows quickly and prefers places with full sun.
Plant profileCommon name: Katsura tree
Scientific name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Plant type: Trees
Height: Higher than 15m
Spread: Wider than 8 metres
Foliage color: Bronze (spring), Green (spring), Orange (autumn), Pink (autumn), Red (autumn)
Season of interest: Autumn
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial shade
Soil: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Moist but well drained, Well drained
Garden type: Architectural, City & Courtyard Gardens, Informal Garden, Japanese Garden
How to plant
Cercidiphyllum japonicum prefers to be planted in well-drained soil. Acidic soils produce the best autumn colors. You can plant in places with full sun or partial shade.
Plant the Katsura tree as a specimen or in a forest composition.
Propagate this tree through seeds or semi-woody cuttings.