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Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree)

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1 hour care
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20m
Max height
15m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Other names

Katsura tree

Genus

Cercidiphyllum Cercidiphyllum

Species

C. japonicum - C. japonicum is a pyramidal to broadly conical, deciduous tree with broadly heart-shaped leaves, bronze-flushed when young, mid-green in summer and turning yellow, orange and pink in autumn when they smell of burnt sugar. Flowers and fruit are inconspicuous.


Cercidiphyllum japonicum is: Deciduous

Fragrance

The foliage has a fragrance

Habit

Broadly conical

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Red, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Green in Summer; Pink, Orange in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) will reach a height of 20m and a spread of 15m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Foliage only, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in deep, fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, preferably neutral to acid, in sun or light shade. Shelter from cold, drying winds and late frosts. May develop several main stems but can be trained as a central-leader standard.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Other names

Katsura tree

Genus

Cercidiphyllum Cercidiphyllum

Species

C. japonicum - C. japonicum is a pyramidal to broadly conical, deciduous tree with broadly heart-shaped leaves, bronze-flushed when young, mid-green in summer and turning yellow, orange and pink in autumn when they smell of burnt sugar. Flowers and fruit are inconspicuous.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

The foliage has a fragrance

Habit

Broadly conical

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Red, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Green in Summer; Pink, Orange in Autumn

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) will reach a height of 20m and a spread of 15m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Foliage only, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in deep, fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, preferably neutral to acid, in sun or light shade. Shelter from cold, drying winds and late frosts. May develop several main stems but can be trained as a central-leader standard.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree)

Common pest name

Stubby-root nematode

Scientific pest name

Trichodorus cedarus

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous nematode pest from Asia; occasionally intercepted by the UK. Causes direct feeding damage on plant roots and has the potential to vector viruses.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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