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Cercidiphyllum japonicum/Katsura Tree

Cercidiphyllum japonicum / Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Typical bark of the katsura tree
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Typical bark of the katsura tree

Close-up of the paired leaves

Leave are heart-shaped like those of redbud

A close view of leaves

Leaves is spring

Has branching in a semi-horizontal fashion

Makes nice tree for the landscape in zone 7 and lower

Young leaves are often a pinkish color

Young leaves with pinkish cloor

Pink petioles of leaves

Leaves trun green as they age

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Scientific Name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Common Name: Katsura Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 40 - 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: New foliage is reddish-purple before turning green. Bark on mature trees is deeply furrowed and peels in strips. Red flowers have little ornamental value. Foliage is yellow to scarlet in autumn. This species make a clean street tree and an excellent shade tree in the Upper South. Autumn leaves reported to give off a spicy cinnamon fragrance.