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Cultural Details for Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Common Name:
Katsuratree

Growth Rate:
12-24" or more per year

Average Mature Height:
40-60'

Average Mature Width:
40-60'

Flower Details:
Not showy, small flowers. March-early April

Fruit Details:
Small. 0.5-0.75" pods; borne 2-4 together on a short stalk. Ripe in October.

Fall Color:
Varies from yellow to apricot, often a soft apricot-orange color develops.

Bark Details:
Brown, slightly shaggy on old trunks; reminiscent of Shagbark Hickory.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
No serious disease or insect problems; sun scald and bark splitting may occur.

Native Habitat:
China and Japan

Other Features:
The senescing (fall coloring) leaves give off a delightful spicy cinnamon/brown sugar odor, some liken the odor to cotton candy.

Culture and Care:
Somewhat difficult to transplant. Plant in early spring. Soil should be rich, moist and well-drained. pH adaptable, but best fall color on acid soils. Full sun, but provide additional water during hot, dry periods during establishment.

This plant was blooming:
4/2/2010 - 4/5/2010
3/30/2007 - 4/5/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
4010, 4060, 4070

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu