Cercidiphyllum japonicum


Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Kew, 21 June 2019
Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Kew, 21 June 2019

Autumn is the season of  the Katsura tree, when its kidney-shaped green leaves turn a deep, rich yellow with hints of pink and orange, especially when grown in acid soil. Beautiful as a specimen in a lawn, small garden, or at the woodland edge. Just before they fall, the leaves are said to smell of caramel. Very often grown as a multistem tree, it can reach up to 10m but is more often about 6m tall.

H x S: 10m x 4m

Aspect and soil: any moist but well-drained or well-drained soil, in full (but not scorching) sun or dappled shade.

Use: Lovely on the edge of woodland against evergreen trees, in Japanese garden or in small, contemporary designs.

Care: No pruning required other than removing dead, diseased or damaged branches.

Wildlife: —

Hazard: —

Origin: China, Japan

Hardiness: H5