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PlantFiles: Katsura Tree
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Family: Cercidiphyllaceae
Genus: Cercidiphyllum (ser-sid-ih-FIL-um) (Info)
Species: japonicum (juh-PON-ih-kum) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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10 positives
6 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 12, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This tree is less tolerant of drought than most.

The fall fragrance is rarely mentioned in descriptions of this tree. The fallen leaves exhale a sweet fragrance evocative of cotton candy. It's a light but pervasive scent and perfumes the air. People often remark on the scent without realizing where it's coming from. Crushing the leaves doesn't bring out the fragrance.

Don't be too thorough or hasty with your fall clean up.

Positive RobertCole On Sep 20, 2013, RobertCole wrote:

Fabulous Weeping Katsura at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown NJ next to the Rose Garden.

Positive rosegirlbloom On Jul 19, 2013, rosegirlbloom from Gilberts, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted mine a few years ago as a small container tree, about 3 ft tall or so. It is a lovely tree, yet it has been slow to grow. It turns beautiful shades of yellow, and some orange/red in the fall. When the leaves drop, they have a noticeable wonderful sweet smell, a little like cotton candy. It is sensitive to drought, which i think has slowed the growth for mine. This year I added a tree gator- a slow releasing bag of water- and I'm hoping it will help, as it is ready to drop leaves at the first sign of dry weather. It is in full sun, and heavy clay soil that is common to the Chicago area.

Positive Billy2421 On Oct 26, 2012, Billy2421 from Doncaster
United Kingdom wrote:

I have just recieved my young tree approximatly 18ins tall.
It is now the middle of October in the North of the UK and a frost forcast tonight should I

A. Re-pot and keep in the cold frame untill spring?

B. When the frost has passed plant the tree outside in its perminant location when the small tree has gone dormant.

Thank you for any advice never purchased a tree this small.

Positive spears_r On May 24, 2011, spears_r from Rosedale, MD wrote:

This is a beautiful tree. Did a lot of research on this tree and was intrigued. Planted 2 earlier this spring (1 about 5 ft & the other about 9 ft) and they're both thriving. The 9 ft one has significant growth on it already. Looking forward to seeing it in the fall! Live north of Baltimore.

Neutral Northernlights2 On May 17, 2011, Northernlights2 from Cottage Grove, MN wrote:

I planted one a couple of years ago after reading how it survived in cold climates. My zone is a 4, on the fringe of 5. It was doing fabulous - growing 2-3 feet a year. This spring, new leaves emerging, then suddenly the whole top half has died off. The bottom half seems to be struggling. We have had an incredibly cold spring - the only thing I can think of is it came out of dormancy and got hit by the cold. I don't want to give up on it yet but with the main branches looking the way they are I don't have a lot of hope.

Neutral bonehead On Apr 7, 2011, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted a young sapling a few years ago and am finding it extremely slow growing. In its defense, however, it is planted in a field with no irrigation so is pretty much on its own. I do admire its features and am hoping it will have a growth spurt soon (perhaps the roots were getting established).

Positive JMSWilson On Mar 15, 2011, JMSWilson from East Tennessee 6b/7a, TN wrote:

There is a fully mature, beautiful specimen of this by Morgan Hall on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Campus.

Positive KamKhaos On Aug 29, 2010, KamKhaos from Waynesville, GA wrote:

The Katsura is a pleasant surprise. Almost a shock. I'm in SE Georgia (zone 8) and this tree has done the best out of anything else this year so far, new or old. Totally flourishing. Beautiful with perfect leaves. Regardless of my pest issues on some of my other plants, I hardly ever see a single leaf on this tree either chewed on or with those squiggly trails burrowed. This tree will attract ants, as I believe it may have some sugar content but I've never noticed any damage actually done by these ants.

This Katsura has been in the ground about 2 1/2 years and it's about 8 ft tall....probably added 3 ft just since April. I planted it at a young 12-18 inches. This tree required about a year to truly adapt. In truth, it didn't seem to be completely healthy through one year (even thought to be dead at one point) but it is making up for it this year.

I'm going to plant some of the seeds it produces this fall and maybe I can have a few more of these going.


Positive Redding On Oct 8, 2007, Redding from Redding, CA wrote:

We stayed at a Marriot in Portland this past summer. They had beautiful mature Katsura trees all along the front of their buildings. The landscaping company who planted them was "Pacific Northwest". Their website is "" I bought 3 katsura's and planted them on the East side of our home.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 17, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Cercidiphyllum japonicum KATSURA TREE Dec (z5) (Bon,Fra lvs)
The wonderful "secret" of this large wide-spreading shade tree is that its heart-shaped lvs, reddish when young, turn yel-or in fall & emit the delightful fragrance of caramel--an added touch of magic for fall. S/M

Positive stforst On Jun 15, 2006, stforst from Bowen Island
Canada wrote:

We had a fabulous specimen in our yard in Vancouver, BC. We have moved to Bowen Island, and I have just found a hitchhiker in my pots - a Katsura seedling. The seeds germinated frequently in the garden under the tree. I am trying to find a site for it, but our property has thin soil cover, with a lot of exposed bedrock or forest.

Positive cynxing On Aug 18, 2004, cynxing from Northampton, MA wrote:

Re: Seed collection
There are several Katsura trees in and around Smith College in Northampton, MA. At this writing (mid-August), the trees are sending out green seed pods in clusters which brown and split and release flat brown seeds.

Neutral xeger On Jul 19, 2004, xeger wrote:

This plant is listed as poisonous in a number of references.

Neutral Kwmsf On Mar 20, 2002, Kwmsf from Clifford, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is an elegant shade tree for those who want something a little different. The leaves are heart shaped, with a red tint in the spring, and the tree is pleasing to look at as a speciman any time of the year but the unusual quality of this tree is it's fall scent. When the leaves begin to fall the tree emits an odor described as caramel, burnt sugar or cotton candy. Cultivars of the tree have been grown for over 300 years in Japan.

Neutral Evert On Oct 25, 2001, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Katsura grows in cold areas much more little than where it's originally from (Japan.) There it might grow up to 40 metres high. It grows well also in Finland, so it should grow in US zones 4-5, maybe even zone 3.

The leaves have very nice sweet scent when they are falling onto the ground. It's like a sweet candy, sugar, gingerbiscuits, etc.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Petaluma, California
Redding, California
Waynesville, Georgia
Downers Grove, Illinois
Gilberts, Illinois
Pewee Valley, Kentucky
Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
Nottingham, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Westfield, Massachusetts
Grand Haven, Michigan
Rochester, Michigan
Fulton, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska (2 reports)
Omaha, Nebraska
Hollis, New Hampshire
Morristown, New Jersey
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Jefferson, New York
Oneonta, New York
Oswego, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio (2 reports)
Toledo, Ohio
Cheshire, Oregon
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Walkerton, Virginia
Ames Lake, Washington
Camas, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Seattle, Washington (2 reports)
Stanwood, Washington
Cambridge, Wisconsin

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