Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 65 feet
Plant Spread: 40 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Fragrant
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Red
White
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

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Location: Monroe, WADate: 2018-10-23
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Location: Monroe, WADate: 2018-10-23
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-03-01lone specimen in winter
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-10-31single specimen in fall color
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-06-20lone specimen
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-02lone specimen at elementary school
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2019-03-24
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2013-05-15
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Location: Northern GermanyDate: 2018-04-08
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-10-31looking up trunk in fall
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-10-31mature trunk
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-10-31leaved branches in autumn
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-10-31leaves in autumn
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Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON, CanadaDate: 2014-06-05
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Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, ON, CanadaDate: 2014-06-05
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Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
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Location: Northern GermanyDate: 2002-11-01SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-31tree in middle of other park trees
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-31trunk
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-31looking up two trunks of one tree into canopy
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Comments:
Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jul 16, 2016 5:44 PM

I have found this to be a very slow growing tree. It has beautiful changing leaf color through three seasons. It has a shallow root system, needs water in dry spells, and would benefit from a mulch. Lovely tree if one has the patience for it.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 2, 2018 12:31 PM

There is only one species of Katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum) in the world that is native to both Japan and China, and it is the only member in its own Family of Cercidiphyllaceae. The Chinese variety is "sinense" and tends to grow larger. It is the Japanese variety that is sold by some larger, diverse nurseries in the USA. It is not commonly planted in the US, as I have only seen a few at estates, arboretums, city parks, golf courses, campuses, and one at an elementary school in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions. It is a high quality, clean, neat, medium-sized tree that grows about 1.5 to 2 feet/year. Its rounded leaves of about 2 to 4 inches long and wide do resemble those of the Redbud (Cercis) and display a good yellow-orange fall color. It is dioecious having separate male and female plants. The male flowers have numerous stamens and the female flowers have four green, fringed sepals, both small and inconspicuous in early spring. It has a nice brown bark that is slightly shaggy. It must have a good quality, moist soil and it does not do well with drought. The specimen at the school lost all its leaves one dry summer, but it came back the next year.

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