Cercidiphyllum japonicumCercidiphyllum japonicum

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Cercidiphyllum japonicum
  • PRONUNCIATION: ser-si-di-FIL-um ja-PON-i-kum
  • COMMON NAME: Katsura Tree
  • FAMILY: Cercidiphyllaceae
  • NATIVITY: China to Japan
  • GROWTH HABIT: Dense, broadly oval, or upright oval; 40'-60' (100') tall. Juvenile trees with low-branched form. Rapid growth rate in youth.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 4-8
  • CULTURE: Full sun in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Shade tolerant. Water newly planted trees during hot, dry periods.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Attractive, formal specimen; shallow rooted. Difficult to transplant. May take several years to fully establish in the landscape.
  • FOLIAGE: Opposite to subopposite, simple, 2"-4" long, heart- shaped with a finely crenate margin. New leaves reddish purple, change to blue-green in summer. Fall color varies from yellow to apricot-orange.
  • BUDS: Reddish, 1/10"-1/8" long, terminal absent.
  • BARK: Brown, shaggy with age.
  • FRUIT: Green, upright follicle about 3/4" long. Dioecious tree.
  • PESTS: None serious.
  • CULTIVARS: 'Pendula' - Mound of gracefully weeping branches 15'-25'.
    • C. magnificum 'Pendula' Similar to C. J. "Pendula' but growing to approximately to' high with a distinct weeping habit whereas C. j 'Pendula' requires staking to reach 10'



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