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Katsura Tree

Botanical Name
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
8
Height
40 to 60 feet
Width
20 to 40 feet
Flowers
March-April: dioecious, insignificant
Fruit
Females have .75 inch dehiscent pods - like upright bananas
Fall Color
Yellow to apricot
Light
Full sun
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Not easy to transplant
  • Transplant balled and burlap and container in spring to allow root development
  • pH adaptable
  • Water during dry periods
  • Because of its shallow root system, Katsura tree will benefit from a layer of mulch to maintain a cool root environment
  • Leaf scorch common in hot, dry sites
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Pendulum - graceful, weeping form, 15 feet
  • Red Fox (Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs') - upright oval form, 30 feet tall by 16 feet wide, bronze-purple spring foliage maturing to bronze-green in summer, orange-bronze fall color

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