Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Cercidiphyllum japonicum


  • Botanical name: Cercidiphyllum japonicum
  • Common name: Katsura
  • Family: Cercidiphyllaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
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Cercidiphyllum japonicum, the katsura tree, is an unusual but easily grown tree bearing heart-shaped green leaves that turn a rich orange and pink in autumn. Its fallen leaves give off a pleasant aroma of candyfloss.


Cercidiphyllum japonicum flowers just before the leaves emerge, but these are fairly insignificant. For best results grow in a sheltered spot in moisture-retentive soil, in full sun to partial shade.

How to grow Cercidiphyllum japonicum

  • Plant size

    20m height

    15m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

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Do not Plant in August

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Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Cercidiphyllum japonicum and wildlife

Cercidiphyllum japonicum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Cercidiphyllum japonicum poisonous?

Cercidiphyllum japonicum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People