University of Maryland Extension

Featured Plants - Katsuratree

Ginny Williams

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Elegance is the word to describe this tree.  Some would select it in preference to all other trees.  Emerging leaves are a bronzy purple that fade to light green and then to blue green.  Fall color is yellow to apricot, but it is the leaves’ fragrance that puts it over the top.  Their spicy odor is described as that of cotton candy or cinnamon.  Shaggy bark is an asset year round.  With no serious insect or disease problems, this is a great choice for large lawns. From China, katsuratree grows to 40 to 60 feet high and wide.  The one shown is a pendulous cultivar. It’s only drawbacks are that it is difficult to transplant and must have ample moisture during dry periods while it is getting established. 

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