Photo Courtesy of Monrovia

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Staff Favorite:

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Katsura Tree

This interesting tree has dense, redbud-like foliage. Pyramidal as a young tree, it becomes broader with age. Although variable, fall color is attractive - shades of yellow to apricot but primarily yellow in the Midwest. It requires ample moisture during the establishment period.

Height:

40-50 ft

Spread:

25-35 ft

Hardiness Zone:

4

Katsura Tree Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full sun, but has little tolerance for drought particularly when young. Best sited in a location protected from strong winds and hot afternoon sun. This is a dioecious tree (male and female flowers on separate trees).

Cercidiphyllum japonicum Characteristics

Attributes

  • Specimen

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Plants that work well with Cercidiphyllum japonicum ''

Maple, Autumn Blaze® Maple, Autumn Blaze® (Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred')
Oak, Northern Red Oak, Northern Red (Quercus rubra)
Magnolia, Ann Magnolia, Ann (Magnolia x 'Ann')