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KATSURA TREE
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

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Photo Locations: Longwood Gardens - Kennette Square, PA, Corvallis, OR, UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA and Mendocino Botanical Garden - Fort Bragg, CA, Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA

General Notes

Katsura Tree is an unusual, but handsome tree for lawns and garden settings, with its interesting foliage and relatively neat habit. It does not tolerate dryness, and fertile well-drained soils suit it best. With sufficient moisture, it does well in a sunny or half-shaded location, where it develops a denser form. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25 feet. On occasion may grow to 60 feet. Weeping form includes 'Pendula'.

Has fragrant Leaf.

Native to China and Japan.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Cercidiphyllaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 30 - 40 feet.

Width: 30 - 40 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Round, Blue Green or Medium Green, Red, Gold or Multicolored, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring or Fall. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Mostly Green Pod, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.

Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Furrowed or Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 6, 14 - 16 and 18 - 20.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cercidiphyllum japonicum Tree Record." 1995-2019. Oct 17, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cercidiphyllum-japonicum >

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