Cercidiphyllum japonicum

(Katsura Tree)

Size Price
15-GALLON $179.99
3-GALLON $49.99
65-GALLON $600.00

Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Cercidiphyllum japonicum, commonly called katsura tree, is native to Japan and China. It is a deciduous, single or multi-trunked, understory tree with a dense, rounded habit that typically matures to 40-60′ tall in cultivation, but can reach 100′ or more in the wild. It is grown for its beautiful shape and its attractive foliage. Cordate, round-oval leaves (to 4″ long) resemble those of a small redbud. Leaves emerge reddish purple in spring, mature to medium green with a slight bluish tinge in summer and turn quality shades of gold, orange and red in fall. Although not aromatic, the fallen autumn leaves have been varyingly described as smelling of cinnamon, burnt sugar or ripe apples. Tiny flowers (red on male trees and green on female trees) appear in spring before the foliage but are not particularly showy. Pollinated flowers on female trees are followed by clusters of greenish pods (to 3/4″ long)  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)



Best grown in rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full sun, but has little tolerance for drought particularly when young. Best sited in a location protected from strong winds and hot afternoon sun. This is a dioecious tree (male and female flowers on separate trees).  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Katsura Tree

Botanical Name

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


to 50 ft.


to 30 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

early spring



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant



15 gallon, 3 gallon, 65 gallon

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