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Commonly known as Katsura tree

Genus of 2 species of deciduous trees from woodlands in China and Japan. C. japonicum is one of the largest hardwoods in Asia, reaching 45m (148ft) in height.

The wood is that traditionally used for the board in the ancient Chinese game of strategy "Go".

In certain conditions the leaves of C. japonicum exude a noticeable toffee/burnt sugar aroma.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    leaves to 11cm (4½in) long. Leaves have a maroon colour when they emerge, turning green and then creamy-yellow in autumn maintaining the strawberry tints.
  • Height
    15m (49ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tree
    Pyramidal to broadly conical, spreading with age.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
    shelter from cold winds.
  • Partial shade
    Dappled shade
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Fallen leaves smell of burnt sugar when crushed
    Pests & Diseases
    Place of origin
    China, Japan.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented foliage
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Neutral to acid soil
    Better autumnal colouring on more acidic soils.
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly conical
15m (49ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)




Katsura tree

smoky pink or yellow autumnal colouring when a pungent scent like burnt sugar will be detectable in favourable seasons

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£17.50 each 
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CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum 'Pendulum'

CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum 'Pendulum'

Katsura tree

a rare form with long weeping branches

£75.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum 'Red Fox'

CERCIDIPHYLLUM japonicum 'Red Fox'

Katsura tree

strong purplish foliage which appears almost black from a distance and spectacular autumn colour

£25.00 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
£45.00 each 

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