Katsura-Tree


Young leaves of Katsura-tree


Introduction

The Katsura-tree is another exotic tree from Asia that is known for its unique leaf shape and general attractiveness. The Katsura-tree can put on a delightful show in the fall and has a manageable size that makes it an easy pick for an ornamental tree.

This tree is eligible for a $50 Tree Rebate.

Common Name
Katsura-tree

Latin Name
Cercidiphyllum

Leaf
Simple rounded leaves that resemble a heart or apricot shape, 2 to 4 inches across

Flower
Small, with bundled petals that cause the flowers to droop; fairly inconspicuous except for their pinkish color

Fruit/nut
Fruits hang in clusters of 2 to 4 small pods, with each pod 1 to 2 cm long and with numerous small, flattened and winged seeds

Twig/branches
Very smooth, with a red-brown color

Bark
Rough and furrowed

Form
Pyramidal when young and quite full and dense; there can be great variability as the tree matures

Size
Usually grows to about 40 to 60 feet tall and 20 to 40 feet wide

Native Range
Native to southern China and Japan

Type
Medium-sized deciduous tree

Seasonal Colors
The Katsura-tree has a bright autumn colour with a mix of bright yellow, pink and orange-red colors

Soil
Grows best in rich, moist, well-drained soil

Light
Enjoys full sunlight

Similar Species
Redbud

Pests and Diseases
The Katsura-tree is susceptible to few diseases, but the armored scale is a common pest.

Rebate Eligibility
$50

Of Note
Of particular interest is the scent produced by the leaves in the autumn, which can recall burnt brown sugar or cotton candy.

In Japan, Katsura is an important timber species with the soft, white wood used primarily for cabinetry and paneling.

Photo Credits

wlcutler
wlcutler(2)
Amehare
Sten Porse
elias_daniel
KENPEI