Plant Information

Plant Information


Katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)

Planting Site:
N/R +35 yrs

A tree with striking leaves, the Katsura tree is fine for a large space. Its habit varies from oval to wide-spreading, and when mature it can reach heights of 40 to 60 feet. The beautiful rounded leaves are evenly scalloped. They emerge reddish-purple and become a beautiful blue-green color. In the fall, when the tree turns yellow, perhaps with a tinge of orange, an observant gardener may catch the scent of cotton candy coming from the changing leaves. This tree that is native to China and Japan has leaves similar to those of a redbud but smaller and more graceful.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum


Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years